ANCHORAGE - State Senate Republicans have given their approval to the appointment of John Coghill to the body.
The Senate's nine Republicans gave unanimous approval during a Thursday meeting in Anchorage.
Earlier this month, Gov. Sean Parnell chose Coghill to replace Gene Therriault as state senator from District F, which stretches from North Pole to Valdez.
Therriault resigned to take a job as the governor's senior policy adviser on Alaska energy issues.
The 59-year-old Coghill was elected to the state House in 1998. He rose to be majority leader from 2003 to 2006 and last session was chairman of the Rules Committee, which oversees legislation reaching the House floor.