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Republican minority in New Mexico House chooses new leader

Rep. James Townsend Rep. James Townsend  | 

The Associated Press
November 19, 2018 08:43 AM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico House Republicans, who lost multiple seats in this month's election, have chosen a new minority leader.

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The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Rep. James Townsend of Artesia was elected Sunday to lead Republican lawmakers.

Republicans came away with 24 seats in the 70-member chamber after the Nov. 7 election.  It's the party's smallest House caucus since 1996.

Townsend, a retired oil industry executive, replaces House Minority Leader Nat Gentry, who did not run for re-election.

Majority Democrats plan to nominate Brian Egolf of Santa Fe to continue as House speaker when the session begins in January.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com 

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