- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Republicans who control the Michigan House have picked a new leader.

Rep. Kevin Cotter of Mount Pleasant was chosen Thursday to be speaker in the chamber where the GOP will have a 63-47 edge in January. Republicans gained four seats in Tuesday’s election.

Cotter says the Republicans will “show voters they were right to put their trust” in them “to continue to make life better for everyone in Michigan.”

The 37-year-old Cotter will succeed Speaker Jase Bolger, who’s leaving the Legislature because of term limits. Cotter was a lawyer before joining the House in 2009.

His term as speaker will last two years.

Rep. Al Pscholka of Stevensville also sought the speakership but dropped his bid in exchange for being named to chair the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

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