Gov. Nixon appoints Ruzicka to state board

MO (AP)-  Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a Republican lawmaker from southwest Missouri to serve on the state Board of Probation and Parole.

House member Don Ruzicka will need to be confirmed by the Senate for his new parole board position to be permanent.

Ruzicka resigned Friday from his current term in the House and also said in a letter to the governor that he was resigning from 2013-2014 term to which he had recently been re-elected. Ruzicka's departure means that Republicans will hold 109 of the 163 seats when the House convenes in January. That's the minimum needed for a two-thirds majority required to override gubernatorial vetoes.

Ruzicka served as a state conservation agent for 27 years before winning election to the House in 2006.

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