Washington (CNN) - Republican Rep. Dean Heller was sworn in as the Nevada's new senator Monday by Vice President Joe Biden.
Heller was appointed by Republican Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to fill the seat vacated by Sen. John Ensign, who resigned in April amidst a Senate ethics investigation.
(CNN) - The candidate will now become the incumbent.
As expected, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval Wednesday appointed Rep. Dean Heller, a fellow Republican, to replace Sen. John Ensign, who is resigning early next month. The move makes Heller the sitting senator for a seat that's up for grabs next year.
(CNN)– Nevada Rep. Dean Heller told supporters Tuesday he intends to run for the seat being vacated by scandal-plagued Sen. John Ensign, a boost to national Republicans who view Heller as the best hope to keep the seat under GOP control.
"I know that the tough times are not yet over. However, I also know that there are better times ahead," wrote Heller in a Tuesday-morning e-mail to supporters. "Together we can move our country in a new direction, get Nevadans working again, and create a more prosperous future for us and our children."