Adams picks Phoenix lawyer for redistricting panel

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Phoenix attorney and Republican Party activist Scott Freeman is the first appointee to Arizona's redistricting commission as it is being reconstituted to draw new congressional and legislative districts for use in elections in the coming decade.

House Speaker Kirk Adams says he chose Freeman because Freeman is "exceptionally qualified" for the post and will serve with honesty, fairness and public input in mind.

Legislative leaders appoint four of the five commissioners.

Those four then pick the fifth.

Freeman is a partner at the Phoenix law firm of Fennemore Craig. His law practice centers on litigation defense for corporations.

His commission application says his education and experience have prepared him to take on complex tasks. And he says he has a deep love for the state and wants to serve it.