TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed state Republican Rep. Cord Byrd as the brand new secretary of state, following the resignation of Laurel M. Lee.
DeSantis made the announcement in a remark Friday. Lee’s resignation was once introduced Thursday. News shops reported that Lee is leaving the put up because the state’s best election professional to run for Congress.
The workplace shake-up comes months earlier than the midterm elections.
It additionally comes after the enactment of a regulation developing an workplace beneath the secretary of state tasked with investigating voter fraud, a best Republican precedence. And it happens as Florida is embroiled in a prison problem to a brand new congressional map drawn by means of DeSantis’ workforce.