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Montana lawmakers to elect party leaders ahead of next legislative session

Nick Mott
Montana Public Radio

Montana lawmakers will elect party leaders on Wednesday ahead of the 2023 legislative session slated to begin in January.

Republicans and Democrats elect party leaders — who help craft legislative agendas and whip votes for party priorities — before each biennial session.

Republicans won supermajorities in both the state Senate and House of Representatives in the midterm election, which means they get to elect a Speaker of the House and Senate President to preside over each chamber. Democrats will elect House and Senate minority leaders.

Republicans will be electing new leaders as neither 2021 Speaker of the House Wylie Galt or Senate President Mark Blasdel are returning. Both have reached their term limits.

Democratic Rep. Kim Abbott has served since last session as House Minority Leader, and Sen. Jill Cohenour has served as Senate Minority Leader. Both are returning and may be up for re-election.

Party caucuses will kick off at 9 a.m. in the state Capitol Wednesday.

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Shaylee is a UM Journalism School student. She reports and helps produce Montana Evening News on MTPR.