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Widow of Flight 93 Hero Appointed to State Election Commission

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The widow of Tom Burnett, who helped lead the passenger revolt on hijacked Flight 93 during the September 11 terrorist attacks, will now serve on Arkansas' board of election commissioners.

The Republican Party of Arkansas announced today that Deena Burnett Bailey would serve as its designated member on the panel for a four-year term.  She replaces Sally Stevens on the panel.

Since the terrorist attacks, Bailey has been active in Republican politics in the state and addressed the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City.  She also narrarated a radio ad that aired in Arkansas during the presidential race touting President Bush on national security.

In 2006, she wrote a book about her late husband and the Sept. 11 attacks, "Fighting Back: Living Life Beyond Ourselves."  She was also a supporter of former governor Mike Huckabee's unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination and co-hosted a fundraiser for the former governor last year.

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