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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Though Republicans hold the majority in the Louisiana House, it was Democrats who determined the chamber’s top job. Democrats voted as a bloc Monday for Republican Clay Schexnayder to be the new House speaker. Their support, combined with nearly two dozen Republicans, pushed the car repair business owner from Ascension Parish to a 60-45 victory on the first day of the new legislative term. Schexnayder defeated Republican Sherman Mack, the Livingston Parish lawmaker favored by Attorney General Jeff Landry, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy and a majority of House Republicans. Senators unanimously and quickly chose Republican Page Cortez, of Lafayette, to be their next president.

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