Sen Bob Dutton takes the reins as Senate Republican leader today.
The caucus picked the the Rancho Cucamonga Republican to replace outgoing GOP leader Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Murrieta, earlier this year. But the transition, originally set for Sept. 1, was delayed because of budget negotiations.
Hollingsworth, who is termed out this year, said in a statement that the Republican "caucus will be in good hands under the sure leadership of Senator Dutton." Hollingsworth's office and the caucus issued a press release this morning announcing that the official transition has occurred.