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The Republican majority in the state Senate has approved the appointment of Ben Stevens to fill the seat vacated by former Sen. Drue Pearce.
Stevens, 42, has worked as a commercial fisherman and a lobbyist and headed the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games Alaska. He is the youngest son of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.
Senate President Rick Halford was expected to swear in Stevens during a private ceremony today.
Pearce, who represented south Anchorage, resigned June 18 to take a job in Washington, D.C., as Interior Secretary Gale Norton's senior adviser for Alaska. Her departure left a number of committee seats open. She was vice chairperson of Resources and a member of State Affairs and the Committee on Committees.