OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Central Washington Republican has risen to third in command after House Republicans held elections over the weekend for new leadership following the resignation of minority leader Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis.

Rep. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, will serve as House Republican caucus chairwoman, who presides over daily caucus meetings to discuss bills, amendments and votes.

In a prepared statement, Warnick said her new role will have positive implications for the 13th Legislative District.

“My district will benefit from my new role because I will have a greater voice in the direction our caucus takes,” Warnick said.

Also newly elected to Republican leadership positions Saturday were Rep. Dan Kristiansen, R-Snohomish, as minority leader, and Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, as deputy leader.

DeBolt resigned from his position April 17 due to health reasons. DeBolt, who was first elected in 1996, intends to finish his term, which goes through 2014.

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