Indiana Senate Democrats name minority leader

Indiana Senate Democrats have elected Tim Lanane to lead their 13-member caucus in General Assembly.

The caucus elected Lanane their minority leader Wednesday, one day after the election left the caucus with 13 seats, the same number it had previously.

Lanane, an Anderson attorney, has served in the Senate since 1997. He succeeds Vi Simpson of Bloomington, who did not seek re-election but instead ran for lieutenant governor on John Gregg's ticket.

The 37-13 Republican majority in the chamber was decided Wednesday when Republican incumbent Scott Schneider emerged victorious in his north side Indianapolis district, holding off a challenge by Democrat Tim DeLaney.

Lanane said through the caucus's Twitter feed that he looked forward to building consensuses with Republicans on issues.

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