Lujan, Burges appointed to state Senate
Former Democratic state Rep. David Lujan and has been appointed as state senator for district 15, replacing the departing Kyrsten Sinema, who resigned last month to run for Congress. Lujan says he plans only to serve out the remainder of Sinema’s term; he won’t run for re-election to the seat. The newly appointed senator is currently the principal of Arizona Preparatory Academy and managing partner at the Foster Law Group’s Arizona office (Read his Perspective here).
Late last month, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors also announced the appointment of Republican state Rep. Judy M. Burges to the vacant senate seat in district 4. Burges, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2004, replaces Scott Bundgaard who resigned last month amid an ethics investigation. Burges chairs the House Government Committee and serves on the House Transportation Committee. As opposed to Lujan, and according to a press release issued by the County, Burges has expressed interest in a run for the state Senate in 2012.