GOP weighs options for increased Statehouse power

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Republicans say their leadership at the Statehouse will look very similar next year despite a change in governors.

House Republicans retained Brian Bosma as speaker Wednesday after winning enough seats to gain a super-majority in the chamber. And Senate Republicans kept Senate President Pro Tem David Long after he led them in maintaining their own super-majority.

Republicans held a 69-30 edge in the House, with one race still too close to call.

Gov.-elect Mike Pence announced that his longtime congressional chief of staff, Bill Smith, would run his transition team with help from Indiana's incoming and departing lieutenant governors.

Bosma cautioned Tuesday that an effort to appoint the state schools superintendent would be placed on hold until he could confer with newly elected state Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.

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