- Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

DENVER (AP) - A former Arizona state lawmaker who served as Wyoming’s schools chief is Colorado’s new education commissioner.

The Colorado State Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to hire Richard Crandall to replace Robert Hammond, who retired in June.

Last month the board named the 48-year-old as the sole finalist for the job but had to wait at least two weeks before hiring him under state law.

Crandall, a Republican, resigned his seat in the Arizona Senate after being appointed by Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead to lead the state education department there in 2013. That position was eventually ruled unconstitutional by the Wyoming Supreme Court, which reinstated the state’s elected school superintendent.

Crandall will start his new job Jan. 19.

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