Ex-House Speaker Adams named Ducey chief of staff

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Governor-elect Doug Ducey has chosen former Arizona House Speaker Kirk Adams to be his chief of staff when he takes office next month.

Adams is already serving as co-chair of Ducey's transition committee and will continue in that role.

Ducey announced the decision to name Adams to the powerful role in his administration on Tuesday. The chief of staff oversees the governor's own staff and state agency leaders overseeing departments such as corrections, child safety and economic security.

Adams is a Mesa Republican who was appointed to fill a vacant House seat in 2006 and became speaker two years later. The 41-year-old left resigned his House seat in 2011 for an unsuccessful 2012 bid for Congress, losing the GOP primary in Arizona's 5th District to current Rep. Matt Salmon.

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