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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Henson named Senate minority caucus leader

Gwinnett's power in the General Assembly got another boost this week.

Since Sen. Robert Brown stepped down to run for mayor of Macon, the Senate Democratic Caucus needed a new leader.

Sen. Steve Henson, D-Tucker, whose district includes Gwinnett, won the job during an election this week.

"Both Steve and Vincent bring valuable leadership skills to our Caucus team," said Caucus Chairman Sen. Doug Stoner, referring to Henson and Sen. Vincent Fort, who was elected to fulfill Henson's former role as whip. "This has been a seamless process within a caucus that honors individual opinion, while working together to advance Democratic principals.

The move gives Gwinnett leaders a high rank on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers of the General Assembly.

Sen. David Shafer, R-Duluth, is the GOP Caucus vice chair, and in the House of Representatives, Rep. Donna Sheldon, R-Dacula, is the Republican Caucus chairwoman, and Rep. Brian Thomas, D-Lilburn, is the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.