Exactly three years after his surprise choice as the state Senate’s new leader, Republican Sen. Devin LeMahieu has grown into his role as majority leader.

LeMahieu had only been in the Senate six years when he rose from being a Finance Committee member to majority leader in November 2020. Capitol veterans wondered how the 51-year-old would lead a Republican caucus dominated by hardcore conservatives.

Steven Walters started

covering the Capitol in 1988. Contact him at stevenscot

waters@gmail.com

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