Republican Bill Sutton is now the official representative of the 43rd District.
Sutton was selected by the 43rd District Precinct Committee to finish the balance of Mike Kiegerl’s term.
Kiegerl recently announced his retirement from the 43rd District.
Sutton, who has lived in Gardner for 14 years, recently defeated Republican challenger Dan Thompson in the primary.
He will face Democrat Kevin King in the November general election.
The winner of that race will be sworn into office in January.
Sutton said he plans to continue the work Kiegerl started as a fiscal conservative.
He calls himself a “strict” Constitutionalist who is pro-life and pro-second amendment.
Sutton, who spent several years as a precinct committeeman, currently works at Steel and Pipe Supply.
He has been an officer in the Knights of Columbus for several years, including serving two years as Grand Knight.
Sutton has also been involved in Boy Scouts for many years and is currently an assistant scout master.
He also heads up the Gardner-Edgerton City Republican Central Committee.
Sutton and his wife, Lana, have three children.
In a recent letter to 43rd District Precinct Committee members, Keigerl said “the time has come for me to move on, and I am working on a project which will consume most of my time in the fall.”
Kiegerl had served four years in the 43rd District.
“It has been my great privilege to represent you in the Legislature these eight years, and I am most grateful for your friendship and support,” he wrote.