He won’t be majority leader, but Senate Republicans have re-elected Nassau County’s Dean Skelos for another term as their conference’s chief heading into the next legislative session.

Skelos had succeeded Sen. Joe Bruno as the Republican leader when he retired in 2008, but the GOP lost the majority several months later.

With the new IDC-GOP coalition, Skelos will rotate the Senate presidency with Sen. Jeff Klein of the Bronx every two weeks.

His formal title will be “conference chairman.”

The coming session will certainly test whether the coalition government can function with the five-member IDC, which has pledged to past several progressive friendly agenda items that are backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

It’s worth noting that Democratic Brooklyn Sen.-elect Simcha Felder is in Albany today. Felder plans to sit with the GOP conference and in a statement, Skelos says the vote was unanimous.

Here is Skelos’ statement released this afternoon:

I am honored that the members of our Senate Republican Conference have voted unanimously today to reelect me as their leader. I appreciate their support and confidence, and look forward to being a strong voice for their priorities.

By partnering with Governor Cuomo and the Independent Democratic Conference, Senate Republicans have delivered the bipartisan results New Yorkers need and deserve, including two early budgets that reduced spending, enactment of a two percent property tax cap, middle-class income tax relief and an end to Albany dysfunction.

The men and women of our conference are excited for the opportunity to be part of this new Senate Majority coalition, a unique partnership of Democrats and Republicans that will protect and build on the historic progress we’ve made over the last two years.

New Yorkers have made it very clear that they don’t care about Republican solutions or Democratic solutions, they just want results.
Senate Republicans are committed to working with the Governor, Senator Klein, Speaker Silver and all of the members of the Legislature in the months and years ahead to improve the quality-of-life for all New Yorkers.