Alaska lawmakers have confirmed the new lieutenant governor.
Legislators meeting in a special session Monday in Anchorage approved the appointment of Craig Campbell on a 55-4 vote. There was little debate before the vote.
Legislative approval was needed after former Gov. Sarah Palin named Campbell to succeed Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, who became governor July 26.
Legislative action was needed because the Legislature had previously confirmed Palin's previous selection for the designee, Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt. Palin never explained why she chose Campbell over Schmidt.
Lawmakers also will consider overriding Palin's veto of more than $28 million in federal stimulus funds for energy efficiency projects before adjourning.