CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican Dean Jeffries has been appointed to the West Virginia House of Delegates seat from Kanawha County vacated by the resignation of Tim Armstead.

Gov. Jim Justice announced Jeffries' appointment Wednesday.

Jeffries is an insurance agent from Elkview. He's also the GOP nominee for Armstead's seat in the November election.

Armstead did not seek re-election and resigned last month to run in a special election for the state Supreme Court. Justice also has appointed the Republican to serve as an interim justice after until the election. Several justices were impeached by the House or retired following questions involving renovations to the justices' offices and accusations of corruption, incompetence and neglect of duty.

Delegate Roger Hanshaw has been elected House speaker in Armstead's place.