With Senate President Russell Pearce toppled, Republicans in his chamber are pushing to meet this week to elect a new leader.
That meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, multiple sources told the Arizona Capitol Times.
Jerry Lewis, who soundly defeated Pearce in Tuesday’s election, is expected to be there.
Candidates who won their races but haven’t been sworn in yet are traditionally allowed to cast a vote in these organizational meetings.
It’s also typical for organizational meetings to happen within days after the general election.
“I have not received an actual invite yet,” said Lewis, who is scheduled to attend a convention in Tucson tomorrow but is prepared to clear his calendar to be able to attend the meeting. “I need to be here for that vote. I want to be here for that vote.”
Lewis said he has been in contact with the Senate majority office.
Three senators are vying for the leadership post: Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs, Senate Majority Whip Steve Pierce and Sen. Steve Yarbrough.
Sources said the race for the presidency is tight.