Lansing — A lawyer who works for the Michigan House of Representatives has been appointed to the state appeals court.

Gov. Rick Snyder says he’s picked Brock Swartzle to fill a vacancy on the court. Judge Donald Owens is resigning at the end of the year.

Swartzle is chief of staff and general counsel for the state House. He also was a lawyer in private practice and served as a clerk to two federal judges. He’s a graduate of the University of Michigan and George Mason University law school.

Swartzle must run in the 2018 election if he wants to keep the job.

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