- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Democrats in the Ohio House have picked a former congressman to fill a seat vacated this summer after a northeast Ohio lawmaker resigned.

Democratic leaders said Tuesday that John Boccieri (boh-CHEHR’-ee), a former U.S. House member and former state legislator, will replace ex-Rep. Ronald Gerberry.

Gerberry was the state House’s longest-serving Democrat. He stepped down in August and was convicted of unlawful compensation of a public official.

Boccieri, of Poland, will represent the 59th District. He served in the Ohio House from 2001 to 2006 before moving to the state Senate. He was elected to the U.S. House in 2008, where he served a two-year term.

Others considered for Gerberry’s seat included former Boardman Township Trustee Robin Gallito and Boardman School Board member John Landers.

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