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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House has sworn in Republican Rep. Clark Boyd to replace Sen. Mark Pody, who recently won a special election to the Senate.

The Wilson County small business owner was sworn into the House on Thursday.

Boyd, who served in the Tennessee Army National Guard, has been married to his wife Jada for 15 years and they have a 9-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter.

Body is filling the vacancy left by Pody, a Lebanon Republican who was sworn into the state Senate this week.

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Pody replaced former Republican Sen. Mae Beavers, who left office to run for governor alongside four other leading Republicans and two Democrats in the field.