The House Republican caucus elected Rep. Tim Sanders its new minority whip Wednesday afternoon.

Sanders, a third-term Republican representative from Blaine, "is a steady leader and effective communicator within our caucus," incoming House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt said in a statement. "Our members represent communities across Minnesota and they have a variety of backgrounds. Our caucus is fortunate to have Tim to help connect all of our unique perspectives.”

The caucus also elected five assistant minority leaders: Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa; Rep. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley; Rep. Joe Schomacker, R-Luverne), Rep. Peggy Scott, R-Andover, and Rep. Kelby Woodard, R-Belle Plaine.

Facing a new session in the minority, after two years of GOP control in the Legislature, Daudt said he was "thrilled" to have his new leadership team on board.

“I’m honored to have my colleagues' confidence in this new role," he said in his statement. "While Governor Dayton and Democrat leaders are proposing middle class tax hikes and massive spending increases, House Republicans will be working together to benefit hardworking Minnesotans, not burden them.”

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