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GOP's Bailey Appointed To Fill Tennessee House Seat

GOP's Bailey Appointed To Fill Tennessee House Seat

CREATED Jan 7, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican businessman and farmer Paul Bailey has been appointed by the White County Commission to succeed Democratic state Rep. Charles Curtiss in the General Assembly.

Bailey, who is also a county commissioner, says he will serve out the remainder of Curtiss' term, but will continue to run for the state Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Charlotte Burks this fall.

Bailey's appointment to the seat representing all of White and Grundy counties and part of Warren County gives Republicans control of 71 seats in the 99-member chamber.

Bailey said he was approached by fellow county commissioners to stand for the seat after Curtiss announced he would step down. His Senate bid will be covered by the state fundraising ban during the course of the legislative session.

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