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Bundgaard ousted as Senate majority leader

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Bundgaard was removed from his post on March 15 amid swirling allegations pertaining to a violent domestic dispute.

According to reports from Phoenix police, Bundgaard, then the Senate’s second-highest ranking member, and his now ex-girlfriend Aubry Ballard were returning from a charity event on Feb. 25 when they began arguing. Police said both showed marks indicating the altercation became physically violent.

Senate Democrats called for Bundgaard to step down immediately after the incident though Bundgaard refused to do so. Bundgaard maintained his position after an initial caucus meeting on March 8 but Senate Republicans elected to remove him from the post after another meeting. He has thus far refused calls to resign from the Senate, though both the Senate Ethics Committee and the police are examining his conduct.

Sen. Andy Biggs, a Republican from Gilbert, has been elected to replace him. He will also maintain his position as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. 

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