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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Southern Utah Republicans have chosen an attorney from a prominent local family to replace a lawmaker who resigned amid reports he met a prostitute in taxpayer-funded hotel rooms.

The Spectrum newspaper in St. George reports Travis Seegmiller won an eight-way race at an emergency Washington County Republican meeting on Monday.

Seegmiller is also an associate professor and longtime political consultant who worked for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. His wife is a Tony Award-winning actress, and his family roots date back to Mormon pioneers.

He’ll serve out the remaining term of Rep. Jon Stanard, who abruptly stepped down last week before reported allegations that he paid for sex with a prostitute twice in 2017.

Seegmiller is expected to be approved by Gov. Gary Herbert and join the Legislature on Wednesday.