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Senate Democrats choose Arthenia Joyner as next leader

Senate Democrats elected Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, to be their 2014-16 leader on Friday, the Florida Democratic Party announced.

FDP Chairwoman Allison Tant called Joyner "a tireless advocate for Democratic values and ally to Florida's middle class families."

Joyner, elected to the House in 2000 and Senate in 2006, is the first black woman to serve as Senate Democratic leader, the party said.

The current leader of the caucus is Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale.