State Rep. Morrie Lanning will chair the House State Government Finance Committee after Rep. Mark Buesgens stepped down from the post, citing concerns and criticisms from other GOP caucus members.
Lanning, R-Moorhead, was passed over in the first round of committee chair appointments, despite having been in the House for five terms.
Buesgens sent a letter to House GOPers late last week saying he was stepping down from the post, after other House members expressed “concerns and outright hostility” toward his appointment, he wrote. Buesgens was arrested and charged with a DUI earlier this year.
Lanning is the third and likely final GOP representative to be put at the head of the committee. Buesgens was replacing the original chairman, Rep. Denny McNamara, who was switched to lead the Environment and Natural Resources Committee after Rep. Tom Hackbarth resigned from the post following an incident in a Planned Parenthood parking lot.
Lanning most recently served as the lead Republican on the Property and Local Sales Tax Division Committee.