Into the blue

Assemblymember Jason Frierson and Sen. Aaron Ford will hold the two most powerful positions in the Nevada Legislature when it convenes in Carson City in February.

Ford, who served as the Senate minority leader during the 2015 session, will continue in this role now that the Democrats have regained an 11-10 majority in that house. And Frierson is the first black legislator to be named speaker in the Nevada Assembly, where Democrats hold a wide majority of 27-15. Frierson is returning to the Legislature after losing re-election in 2014.

Sen. Michael Roberson will remain the leader of the senate Republicans, and Assemblymember Paul Anderson will be the minority assembly leader.

These appointments will be formalized when the legislature convenes next year.