- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - A vote to decide the next leader of the Navajo Nation’s legislative branch ended in a tie Monday.

Rather than leave the result to chance, Alton Joe Shepherd withdrew his name.

LoRenzo Bates will preside over the Navajo Nation Council for the next two years. The four-term delegate is perhaps most well-known for his work as chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee.

Bates served as speaker pro tem after Johnny Naize resigned in April.

Bates and Shepherd each received 12 votes in runoff for the job. A tie earlier this year for speaker pro tem had been broken by a coin toss.

The selection of a speaker was the first line of business for the 24 lawmakers meeting in their first regular session in Window Rock.

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