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Sen. Leland Yee has lost his leadership post as assistant president pro tempore -- the No. 2 leadership spot in the Senate Democratic Caucus.

The San Francisco Democrat repeatedly refused to put up votes to help pass the budget package during this month's marathon session, citing concerns that the cuts were too deep.

The San Francisco Chronicle's Marisa Lagos reports:

In a letter to (Senate President Pro Tem Darrell) Steinberg and the entire rest of the Senate, Yee notes he was the first Asian American to become assistant pro tem, but said he is "more than willing to relinquish this title if that is the price for voting my conscience on the state budget and standing up against severe cuts to education, social services and health care."

He goes on: "I will comply with your request to reorder letterhead and other office materials to no longer include the title."

Read the full letter here

Yee's leadership post loss wasn't the only shake-up seemingly sparked by the all-night budget session. Assemblywoman Connie Conway, R-Tulare, has been ousted as Assembly Republican Caucus chairwoman.


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