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Lincoln sworn in as newest Alaska House member

January 31, 2018 GMT
Alaska House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, left, congratulates state Rep. John Lincoln, after swearing in Lincoln as the newest member of the Alaska House on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska. Lincoln replaces former state Rep. Dean Westlake, who resigned in December after being accused by female aides of unwanted touching and inappropriate comments. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
Alaska House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, left, congratulates state Rep. John Lincoln, after swearing in Lincoln as the newest member of the Alaska House on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska. Lincoln replaces former state Rep. Dean Westlake, who resigned in December after being accused by female aides of unwanted touching and inappropriate comments. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The newest member of the Alaska Legislature has been sworn in.

State Rep. John Lincoln of Kotzebue was sworn in Wednesday, one week after being appointed by Gov. Bill Walker. He was later confirmed by House Democrats.

State law requires legislative vacancies be filled by someone from the same party as the predecessor. Election records show Lincoln switched from “undeclared” to Democrat on Jan. 22.

Lincoln succeeds former Rep. Dean Westlake, who resigned in December after female aides accused him of unwanted touching and inappropriate comments. Westlake has said he is sorry if he made anyone uncomfortable.

Lincoln is a vice president for NANA Regional Corp. He also is a pilot and has worked as an EMT for the Kotzebue Volunteer Fire Department, according to a bio from Walker’s office.