Pat Bauer is out as leader of the House Democratic caucus. A majority of members voted Thursday to replace him with Hammond Representative Linda Lawson:
Frustration within the minority caucus had been building for some time. An earlier attempt to oust Bauer failed. But Thursday, at least 21 of the 23 Democrats who attended a caucus meeting in Lafayette voted to replace Bauer at the top with Lawson.
Lawson, who becomes the first woman to lead the caucus, says the position isn’t something she ever really wanted.