The head of the Delaware state Senate has kept his leadership post after being challenged by a freshman lawmaker and fellow Democrat, according to the Associated Press.
Senate President Pro Tem Anthony DeLuca of Newark defeated Senator Michael Katz of Centreville in an 11-to-5 vote by fellow lawmakers on Tuesday, with four not voting.
DeLuca, an electrician by trade and an employee of the state Department of Labor, was first elected to the Senate in 1998.
Katz, a physician, was elected in 2008.
DeLuca has been known for his authoritarian leadership style but was the subject of criticism in recent months for ordering renovations to his Legislative Hall corner office, and for holding up a vote to establish a scholarship program at historically black Delaware State University.