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GOP caucus picks attorney general aide as new state senator

A top staffer in the Indiana attorney general's office will fill the legislative seat being given up by the state Senate's budget leader.

Republican precinct officials elected Victoria Spartz during a Wednesday night caucus to replace Sen. Luke Kenley of Noblesville when he retires at the end of September. Spartz won 54-39 in the sixth ballot over Noblesville City Council President Megan Wiles, whom Kenley had endorsed.

Spartz is now the chief financial officer under Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill. The 38-year-old Spartz says she grew up in Ukraine before moving to the United States 17 years ago.

Kenley announced his retirement in July, and Spartz will...