What’s not clear is whether the majority will work with the eight Republicans to form a coalition. Souki is not in a power struggle with the former speaker, Calvin Say, this time around, and so does not need the GOP votes to lead.
With the loss of Karen Awana’s seat on Tuesday, Democrats are down one seat. The minority caucus welcomes newbies Andria Tupola, who beat Awana, and Feki Pouha, who replaced Richard Fale.
No official word yet on how the House GOP might reorganize, but Aaron Ling Johanson seems poised to remain in charge. And there is talk of some Democratic lawmakers going to work for Gov.-elect David Ige.
Speaker Joe Souki and Vice Speaker John Mizuno.
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