SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement thanking Senator Dennis Hollingsworth (R-Murrieta) for his leadership and welcoming Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) as the new Senate Republican Leader:

“It has been an honor to work with Senator Hollingsworth through these difficult budget times. His dedication to his caucus and constituency is admirable, and I thank him for fighting with me to finally deliver pension reform to the people of California.”

“Dennis’ strength of character is a trait all legislators can look up to, and I wish him the best of luck as he moves forward. I want to extend a warm welcome to Senator Dutton as he takes on this new role and look forward to working with him.”