Powerful House chair sees writing on wall

JACKSON — With Republicans capturing the state House for the first time since the 1800s, Appropriations Chair Johnny Strnger, D-Montrose, appears to be resigned to his new lot.

Stringer doesn’t expect to maintain the Appropriations chairmanship or the nice office in the Capitol that goes with it when the Republican take over on Jan. 3.

He recently joked, “If you want to see me, I will be down in the basement in my new office. Make an appointment because it just has one chair.”

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