House GOP Sticks With Leader

New Mexico – House Republicans are sticking with their leadership team headed by Rep. Tom Taylor of Farmington.

Taylor was re-elected as GOP leader Saturday during a caucus meeting in Albuquerque. He defeated challenger Larry Larranaga of Albuquerque.

Rep. Keith Gardner of Roswell was re-elected as GOP whip and Rep. Anna Crook of Clovis was retained as caucus chairwoman.

Republicans picked up eight seats in the general election, which means Democrats will have a narrow 37-33 majority when the Legislature convenes on Jan. 18.

Gardner said there was discussion during the meeting about the possibility of Republicans forming a coalition with some Democrats to elect a speaker at the start of the legislative session. However, he said no decisions were made.

Democrats select their leadership next weekend.

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