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Steve Pierce appointed to Arizona House

Posted at 12:28 PM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 15:31:13-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Former Arizona Senate President Steve Pierce will fill the state House seat left vacant by the resignation of Republican Rep. David Stringer.

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Wednesday to appoint Pierce. He's expected to take the oath of office later Wednesday, restoring the governing majority for Republicans.

Action in the House has been on hold since Stringer stepped down a week ago as Republicans lack the votes to approve legislation without support from Democrats.

Pierce was chosen over former Secretary of State Ken Bennett and GOP organizer Steven Sensmeier. The supervisors say Pierce and Bennett are both respected and could hit the ground running. But some were concerned that Bennett has a strained relationship with Gov. Doug Ducey after challenging him in the GOP primary last year.