There are 33 members in the Senate Republican Caucus.
Other leadership changes include state Sen. Steve Gooch of Dahlonega as majority leader; state Sen. Randy Robertson of Cataula as majority whip; state Sen. Jason Anavitarte of Dallas as caucus chairman; and state Sen. Matt Brass of Newnan as vice caucus chairman. State Sen. Dean Burke of Bainbridge was reelected as caucus treasurer.
While the Senate majority has been known to pare back powers of lieutenant governors they don’t agree with, the caucus voted unanimously to leave them intact for Jones.
That wasn’t the sentiment of some in the chamber two years ago. Jones was one of several Republican senators who backed attempts to overturn the presidential vote in Georgia in favor of the losing candidate, Donald Trump.
Shortly after the election, Jones challenged Miller for his position as pro tem but could not get enough support in the Republican caucus.
Eighteen months later, Jones defeated Miller in a four-way GOP primary race for lieutenant governor. Based on campaign donations, support from their Senate colleagues was split in the primary, though Republican senators have since backed Jones.
The House Republican Caucus will elect its new leadership Monday, after Speaker David Ralston announced last week that he will not seek another term in the role so he can focus on health issues.
Senate Democrats have set their caucus elections for Nov. 28.