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Published July 19, 2011, 03:12 PM

Stenehjem's Death Leaves Questions

The death of North Dakota Senate Republican majority leader Bob Stenehjem leaves questions about how his successor will be chosen.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The death of North Dakota Senate Republican majority leader Bob Stenehjem leaves questions about how his successor will be chosen.

Senate Republicans may elect a new majority leader before a special legislative session in November on redistricting.

Senators say they're not sure when they'll pick a new leader. Senate Republicans aren't scheduled to meet before they hold a fundraising golf tournament in Bismarck Aug. 3.

Stenehjem's Senate seat also has to be filled. His term ends in December 2012. State law allows GOP activists in Stenehjem's Bismarck district to appoint someone to finish his term.

The law provides three weeks for Republican activists to choose a successor once there's been formal notification that Stenehjem's Senate seat is vacant.

Stenehjem was killed Monday in a vehicle crash in Alaska.

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