DALLAS - Texas Gov. Ann Richards on Friday named Longview Mayor Martha Whitehead as state treasurer, filling the week-old vacancy created by Kay Bailey Hutchison's election to the U.S. Senate.

Whitehead, 51, is a longtime Democratic activist, but is little known in financial circles or outside East Texas. Whitehead will be sworn in July 1 and will seek election next year, she said Friday.

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