Democrats in the Colorado state Senate on Wednesday elected Sen. Morgan Carroll as the chamber’s president, according to the Denver Post.
Carroll’s election to the post was an expected development after the previous Senate president, John Morse, lost his seat in a successful recall election in September. Morse and Colorado State Sen. Angela Giron (D) were recalled in September after they helped pass new gun restrictions.
Carroll, like Morse, supports gun restrictions and is arguably seen as more liberal than Morse, somewhat blunting the victory for recall advocates.
Both Giron and Morse were two of four lawmakers that were originally targeted for recalls. Recently, a new recall effort has begun for State Sen. Evie Hudak (D), one of the lawmakers that were not successfully recalled. If Hudak is successfully recalled, control of the State Senate could move to Colorado Republicans. Currently Democrats hold the chamber by a slim 18-17 vote margin.
This post has been updated.