Arizona House Republicans Elect Ben Toma Speaker Of The House

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The Arizona House Republican Caucus met on Tuesday to elect new leadership. The election was delayed several days while the outcome of close elections was uncertain.

The current Majority Leader, Ben Toma, was chosen to be the next Speaker of the House. Speaker-elect Toma represents Legislative District 27 and has served in the House since 2017.

Promotion was on the mind of members as the current Majority Whip, Representative Leo Biasiucci of Legislative District 30 in Lake Havasu City, was chosen to serve as the next Majority Leader, and Representative Teresa Martinez of Legislative District 16 in Casa Grande was chosen as the next Majority Whip.

“It is a profound privilege to lead the House of Representatives and our Republican majority caucus,” said Speaker-elect Toma, who immigrated to the United States at the age of nine when he and his family fled communist-ruled Romania. “Together, I know that the House will rise to meet the state’s immense challenges and we will continue to unlock freedom and opportunity for every Arizonan.”

House Democrats also elected new leadership. According to a press release, Democrats elected Rep. Andrés Cano of Legislative District 20 in Tucson to lead the Democratic Caucus, Representative-elect. and current Senator Lupe Contreras of LD 22 as Assistant Leader, and returning Representatives Melody Hernandez of LD 8 and Marcelino Quiñonez of LD 11 as Co-Whips.

“Today we elected quality leaders and look forward to having a dynamic, diverse and unified caucus to defend our public schools, secure our long-term water needs and fight for reproductive and civil rights in the session ahead,” Cano said. “We were inspired by our ability to pass a historic bi-partisan budget earlier this year because that’s what Arizonans expect—to work together. With so many outstanding new members, we are looking to get past the gridlock and commit to delivering solutions for our constituents.”

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