Democratic state senators will meet next week to a fill a vacancy in their leadership ranks.

Sen. Linda Lopez, a Tucson Democrat, stepped down as assistant minority leader, saying she has a new job that demands more of her time, The Arizona Capitol Times reports.

Senate Minority Leader Leah Landrum Taylor says her caucus will meet Oct. 29 to pick a new assistant minority leader.

Lopez will remain a senator.

Lopez joined the Legislature in 2001, first serving in the House before being elected to the Senate in 2008.

Senior Editor, News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Az.