MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota Board of Regents are welcoming three new members and one re-elected incumbent.

The chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Lorie Gildea, on Thursday swore in incumbent David Larson and new regents Steve Sviggum, David McMillan and Laura Brod.

Sviggum and Brod are former Republican lawmakers. Sviggum is a former speaker of the House while Brod represented New Prague.

McMillan is from Duluth and is a senior vice president of the energy company Allete. He’s also the former chairman of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

In selecting the new regents, the Republican-controlled Legislature rejected incumbent Regent Steven Hunter, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO labor union.

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