Republicans keep leader in state Senate

SALEM — State Sen. Ted Ferrioli of John Day will continue as the Senate’s top Republican.

GOP lawmakers selected Ferrioli Saturday for a fifth term as caucus leader. Democrats have a 16-14 edge in the new Senate, which convenes Jan. 14.

Sens. Larry George of Sherwood and Brian Boquist of Dallas will be deputy GOP leader, and Alan Olsen of Canby will be the GOP whip.

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