Republican Steve Pierce has been sworn in to the Arizona House of Representatives.
Pierce took the oath of office on Wednesday hours after he was selected by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors. He replaces fellow Republican David Stringer, who stepped down a week ago amid scrutiny of sex-crimes charges 36 years ago.
Pierce is a rancher who served in the Legislature for eight years and led the Senate in 2012.
His return to the Legislature restores' Republicans majority in the House, where legislation was stalled for a week as the GOP lacked enough votes to pass legislation without support from Democrats.
Stringer stepped down ahead of the release of documents showing he was accused of paying teens for sex in 1983 in Baltimore. He's denied wrongdoing.