Senate Minority Leader Landrum Taylor has been ousted as minority leader by her fellow Democrats.
The move happened following a closed door meeting in the Senate Tuesday.
Taylor, of Phoenix, is an elected state senator for District 16. Taylor has been a member since 1998.
Taylor is running for secretary of state. She said members told her she couldn't be an effective leader while running for statewide office.
Sen. Anna Tovar, D-Phoenix, was elected as the new leader of the Senate's Democratic caucus.
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