Bevin appoints Democrat to lead Justice Cabinet

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed an influential Democratic lawmaker to be the next secretary of the Justice and Public Safety cabinet.

State Rep. John Tilley of Hopkinsville is a former prosecutor and the first Democrat Bevin has appointed to his administration. The move gives Tilley a significant salary increase while damaging Democrats’ efforts to keep control of the House of Representatives.

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Republicans are just four seats shy of a majority in the House after Democratic state Rep. Denver Butler switched parties last month. The appointment will trigger a special election in Tilley’s district, where Republicans have a good chance of winning.

In a news release, Tilley said he was “honored” to serve in Bevin’s administration.

 

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.