Sen. Bob Dutton, left, discusses pension reform at a Capitol news conference in November. With him is state Sen. Tom Harman. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

On politics in the Golden State
December 23, 2011 | 12:58 pm

Republicans in the state Senate will get a new leader to go with the new year.

Senate Minority leader Bob Dutton of Rancho Cucamonga announced Friday that he will step down after the Republican caucus chooses a new leader in January.

Sen. Bob Huff of Diamond Bar said he is confident he has lined up enough support to become the next leader, but said it will be up to the caucus to vote.

Dutton, who is prevented by term limits from running for reelection in 2012, said “now is the right and logical time” for the caucus to choose a new leader.

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