Chris Larson elected Democratic Senate leader

CREATED Nov 13, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 13, 2012

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MADISON- Sen. Chris Larson of Milwaukee has been elected as Democratic leader in the state Senate.

Larson was chosen Tuesday during a closed-door meeting of Democrats who are in the minority in the Senate heading into the 2013 session.  Larson was challenged by state Sen. Jon Erpenbach for the leadership post.

Erpenbach is a 14-year veteran of the Senate who previously served as minority leader a decade ago. The 32-year-old Larson was just elected in 2010 and has emerged as one of Gov. Scott Walker's sharpest critics.

Larson tells Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure" he wants to work with, not against, Senate Republicans.

"The electorate is looking for new ideas and looking for us to move forward together to find solutions," says Larson.  "My hope is that they (Senate Republicans) will listen to people from the other side of the aisle and that we can cast off our partisan labels and just embrace the fact that we are all Wisconsinites."

Larson says he intends to be a voice for the middle class.

"The fact is the Republicans have the votes to do whatever they want, the districts were drawn in a way that they were able to take back the majority despite the state turning blue."

Republicans hold an 18-15 majority in the Senate.  The Republican leader is Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau.