On November 12th members of the Republican caucus of the incoming 125th Legislature met to select their new leadership team. For the first time since 1974 we will elect a Speaker of the House. There are five candidates running for the position; Paul Davis of Sangerville, Robert Nutting of Oakland, Meredith Strang Burgess of Cumberland, Stacey Fitts of Pittsfield and myself. After four rounds of balloting Robert Nutting was chosen as the Republican candidate. Philip Curtis of Madison was elected as the Majority Leader and I was elected as Assistant Majority Leader. It is an honor to be chosen to serve our caucus. Earlier in the week the Senate selected Kevin Raye of Perry as President of the Maine Senate . Jon Cortney of Sanford was elected as Majority Leader and Debra Plowman of Hampden as Assistant Majority Leader.