ND GOP senators electing majority leader Sept. 6

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Republican state senators plan to elect a new majority leader next week.

Four senators are competing to succeed former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bob Stenehjem of Bismarck. Stenehjem was killed in a traffic accident last month.

Stenehjem's deputy, Hazen Sen. Randy Christmann, said Monday that Republican senators will choose a new leader at 6 p.m. on Sept. 6 at the state Republican headquarters in Bismarck.

Dickinson Sen. Rich Wardner, Fargo Sen. Tony Grindberg, Fessenden Sen. Jerry Klein and Bismarck Sen. Dick Dever are running for the position.

The Senate has 35 Republicans and 12 Democrats, and Republican senators choose the Senate's majority leader.