Sen. Bob Huff will continue to serve as minority leader in the Legislature's upper house.

Newly elected and returning Republican members of the California Senate voted unanimously Sunday to retain Huff, of Walnut, in the leadership position.

Huff and other Republicans in the Legislature begin the new session that started Monday with the Democratic Party holding vetoproof supermajorities in both the Assembly and Senate.

Huff has said Republican legislators, despite their numerical disadvantages, will continue to push for party priorities, including changes to the state's pension system for government workers.

"Our caucus has always worked hard to reduce our state's deficit, ensure we use the taxpayers' resources wisely and get Californians back to work, all efforts we will continue in the upcoming year," Huff said.

"The millions of voters across the state who elected us deserve for their voice to be heard in Sacramento, and we will strive to ensure that as we work with our Democratic colleagues to rebuild trust with the voters and grow California's economy."

Huff was first elected to the state Senate in 2008. He previously served in the Assembly and on the Diamond Bar City Council.

The lawmaker represents the 29th Senate District, which is an area around where San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange counties meet.


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