Replacement to Schmitz's education seat named

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State Rep. Butch Taylor has been appointed to fill former state Rep. Sue Schmitz' seat on the House committee that writes the state education budget.

House Speaker Seth Hammett said he appointed Taylor, a former teacher and coach in Madison County, to fill the seat on the House Education Appropriations Committee.

Schmitz, a Democrat from Toney, had to give up her seat last month when she was convicted of federal fraud charges.

Taylor is serving his first term in the Legislature.

He was elected in a special election to fill a north Alabama seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Albert Hall. Taylor is a Democrat from New Hope.

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