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Women win majority of Senate Democratic leadership elections

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Georgia's Gold DomeGeorgia Democratic Senate lawmakers filled on Monday a majority of their leadership positions with women, even tapping the first woman of either party to serve as caucus chair.

But even as women had begun their ascent up the party’s leadership ladder, the top two jobs were still claimed by men. Both Sens. Steve Henson of Tucker and Vincent Fort of Atlanta won reelection as minority leader and minority whip.

The remaining four top Senate Democratic leadership posts will be held by women in the upcoming legislative term, the caucus said Monday.

Sen. Horacena Tate of Atlanta was elected caucus chair, a position held by outgoing Sen. Doug Stoner, while a trio of female colleagues round out the rest of the party’s upper chamber officer slate.

- James Richardson