Heineman: Lt. Governor appointment a few weeks away

Governor Dave Heineman says it will be a few weeks before he appoints someone to fill the vacant Lt. Governor's position following the resignation of Rick Sheehy Saturday.

Heineman also told reporters it is "very unlikely" he will choose someone that would also be running for Governor in 2014, emphasizing he wants the primary to be "competitive" and allow the process to choose who should be the nominee on either political side.

Heineman says his focus this week is on the Revenue Committee hearings regarding his tax reform proposals, so it will provide some time for him to hear from those who are interested in being Sheehy's successor. Heineman believes he will have twelve to fifteen names to consider, will likely inerview two or three and then name a successor.

Heineman said constitutionally he cannot appoint a sitting state senator during the legislative session.

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