As reported by FOX 31's Eli Stokols Sunday evening:
Senate Democrats are set to announce Monday that Sen. Andy Kerr will replace former Sen. Evie Hudak, who resigned her seat last month to avoid a recall election and preserve her party’s one-seat majority in the chamber, as the chairman of the Senate Education Committee…
Kerr was chosen over Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, a former teacher and principal who also sits on the committee.
Johnston will continue to serve as chair of the Senate Finance Committee, a post he’d have had to give up to head the education committee.
A higher profile for Kerr will be good for Democrats generally, and for Kerr's own competitive re-election bid next year.
Stokols briefly discusses the background of Sen. Mike Johnston's education reform efforts, like Johnston's role in passing the controversial 2010 Senate Bill 191 "teacher accountability" legislation, as well as this year's defeated Amendment 66. Stokols traffics a bit more than we would in unsourced rumors from a conservative blog to raise the possibility that Sen. Andy Kerr was a contentious pick over Sen. Johnston (we haven't ourselves heard that). That said, we tend to agree that for the purposes of unifying Democrats after a tough 2013, Kerr is probably the better choice to lead the Education Committee.