Democrats huddled in Bismarck on Sunday evening and voted on their minority leadership positions for the 2017 Legislature.

For the House, Rep. Corey Mock, of Grand Forks, will take over as minority leader, replacing Parshall Rep. Kenton Onstad, who was defeated in last month’s general election.

Mock was assistant minority leader in the 2013 and 2015 sessions.

Rep. Kathy Hogan, of Fargo, was named assistant minority leader.

Rep. Josh Boschee, of Fargo, was named minority caucus chair for the second consecutive session.

In the Senate, Joan Heckaman, of New Rockford, was chosen as minority leader. She served as assistant minority leader in 2013 and 2015. Heckaman was the party’s candidate for lieutenant governor in this year’s gubernatorial campaign. She replaces Sen. Mac Schneider, of Grand Forks, as minority leader; he also lost his re-election bid in the general election.

Sen. John Grabinger, of Jamestown, was elected assistant minority leader, and Sen. Carolyn Nelson was named minority caucus leader.

Republicans voted on their leadership for the 2017 session last month.

Democrats this session are faced with their smallest numbers in decades. Republicans have majorities of 81-13 in the House and 38-9 in the Senate.

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