A newly minted lawmaker is taking the seat of a Kiana Democrat who faced accusations of sexual misconduct late last year.

John Agnaqluk Lincoln was sworn in Wednesday to former Rep. Dean Westlake’s House District 40 seat at the state Capitol in Juneau.

Lincoln, a NANA Regional Corp. vice president, is an Inupiat who previously worked as an emergency medical technician at the Kotzebue Volunteer Fire Department.

Lincoln was one of five names ultimately forwarded to Gov. Bill Walker by the Alaska Democratic Party to replace Rep. Dean Westlake, who resigned in December after revelations that he fathered a child with a 16-year-old girl. The state House majority confirmed Walker’s selection of Lincoln last week.

Another House Democrat, Rep. Zach Fansler of Bethel, is facing calls from the House leadership to step down after reports that he beat and injured a woman in Juneau earlier this month.

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