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Mississippi Governor Announces Successor to Trent Lott

The Republican governor of the U.S. southern state of Mississippi has announced the appointment of a House lawmaker to fill the Senate seat vacated by Trent Lott.

Governor Haley Barbour Monday announced the appointment of Republican Representative Roger Wicker. In a statement, President Bush welcomed the appointment and said he looks forward to working with Wicker in his new role.

Wicker is to serve until a special election is held in November 2008.

Last month, Lott, who was then the Senate's second-ranking Republican, announced he was resigning. He left Congress in December, after serving 19 years in the Senate and 16 years in the House of Representatives.

He had been Republican party leader in the Senate, but resigned that post in 2002 under criticism for praising the 1948 presidential bid of the late South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond, who ran on a platform of racial segregation.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.