Republican House members celebrated their party’s gains yesterday and elected new leaders for the coming two-year legislative session. Representative Connie Houston of Ferrisburgh is the party’s House leader. Assistant leader is Rick Hube of Londonderry.
Republicans lost eight seats and their majority in the House as a result of the November fifth election. But they will still hold the most seats – 74 – when the Legislature convenes next month. And for the first time in many years, the incoming governor is a Republican. The Republicans are hoping to re-elect Representative Walter Freed of Dorset as speaker.