- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa lawmaker who has helped make key decisions on health care services in the state will lead the department that oversees aging issues.

Gov. Terry Branstad announced Thursday that Rep. Linda Miller, a Bettendorf Republican, will be director of the Iowa Department on Aging. She starts the job Friday and replaces Donna Harvey, who resigned.

Miller was elected to the Iowa Legislature in 2006. In recent years she has led the House Human Resources Committee, which advances legislation on health care. Miller also served in a budget group that recently compromised with Democrats to add more oversight of Medicaid, following its privatization in April.

Miller had been set to leave the House chamber in January, after she decided not to seek re-election.

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