- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) - Republican Chris Blackshear has claimed a vacant seat in the Alabama House without an election.

The Phenix City resident became the newest state representative Friday after Democrats failed to qualify a candidate for the seat held by longtime legislator Lesley Vance, who died in November.

The District 80 seat represents parts of Lee and Russell counties. Blackshear will serve on the County and Municipal Government, Financial Services and Insurance committees.

House Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn says Blackshear has diverse experience in financial services, radio broadcasting and public service.

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