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Published December 02 2012

Schneider elected North Dakota Senate Democratic leader

BISMARCK — Grand Forks state Sen. Mac Schneider has been elected as the new Democratic leader in the North Dakota Senate.

Senate Democrats picked Schneider during a meeting Sunday night in Bismarck. He had no opposition.

Schneider replaces Ryan Taylor as Senate Democratic leader. Taylor passed up a Senate re-election bid to make an unsuccessful run for governor.

Democrats picked up two Senate seats in last month's election, but Republicans still have a 33-14 edge in the Senate.

Schneider was the assistant Democratic leader during the 2011 Legislature. Senate Democrats picked Joan Heckaman of New Rockford as the new assistant leader. She defeated Portland Sen. Philip Murphy for the job.

Schneider says Senate Democrats will be working to promote good government and represent the interests of working people.