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Newly elected Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff (District 6), left, is welcomed Wednesday to the organizational meeting of House Republicans by Rep. Rick Gray of Sun City. The caucus, during a closed-door session, elected Gray as majority whip.  (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)

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