(AP) — A Louisville lawmaker has been chosen to fill the vacant chairmanship of the Kentucky House Judiciary Committee.
House Democratic leaders acted quickly on Thursday to award the high-profile role to Rep. Darryl Owens.
The selection was made just hours after the former Judiciary Committee chairman, John Tilley of Hopkinsville, was chosen by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin as his secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.
Owens had been chairman of the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.
Owens earned his law degree at Howard University. He has served as an assistant county attorney, assistant attorney general and was a juvenile court judge.