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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has appointed Regina Bayer of Meridian to fill the Senate seat vacated by her son.

Little in an announcement Monday says Bayer’s term began Friday and will continue until the next general election when the term of office expires.

Little says Bayer is a small business owner with more than 30 years of experience as a real estate agent and broker.

Her son, Cliff Bayer or Meridian, was elected last November running as a Republican.

He vacated the seat earlier this month to become chief of staff for Republican U.S. Congressman Russ Fulcher of Idaho, who won that seat in the November election.