Nevada “Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) will appoint Rep. Dean Heller (R) to serve the remainder of Sen. John Ensign’s (R) term, Sandoval announced Wednesday, triggering the state’s first ever House special election and altering the dynamic of an already active Senate race,” Hotline On Call reports.
Ensign announced earlier this year that he would not run for re-election. Last week, facing pressure from a Senate Ethics Committee investigating his conduct in an affair with a married aide, Ensign said he would resign, effective May 3.
Ensign’s seat is up for re-election in 2012.