Legislative Aide Gets to Fill Illinois House Seat

January 11, 2011

A legislative aide got to step into his boss' shoes for one day to represent residents in the 105th Illinois House District in east-central Illinois.

Shane Cultra left his House seat to become state senator, and he tabbed aide Russell Geisler to take his spot for one day before Jason Barickman was sworn in.

Geisler got to vote while in the House, but Barickman says he's OK with that because he agrees with the votes.

Barickman tells WJBC Radio that Geisler did something in 24 hours that Cultra couldn't do in eight years _ voting to end free public transit for most senior citizens.

Some Republicans criticized the appointment, saying it trivializes the legislative seat.

Cultra was appointed to the state Senate to replace Dan Rutherford, who's now Illinois' treasurer.

Story source: AP