Rochester Hills Republican Tom McMillin has been named the interim chairman of the state House Education Committee.
Michigan House speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, announced the appointment Wednesday afternoon.
McMillin will replace Paul Scott, the Grand Blanc Republican who was narrowly recalled on Tuesday night.
"The House Republicans have been working on reforming education so our students can better compete for jobs, which means making sure the system is about the kids and not about adults," Bolger said in a statement.
"Representative McMillin understands that changing the status quo may be uncomfortable and difficult, but it is vitally important and that we must stay focused on our agenda."
McMillin also serves as chair of the Oversight, Reform and Ethics Committee. He is serving his second term in the state House; he is a former Oakland County commissioner and the former mayor of Auburn Hills.
"Michigan's children deserve a quality education and that means we must thoroughly examine how the system is currently failing them," McMillin said Wednesday. "We cannot sacrifice our future by continually focusing dollars on special interests rather than classrooms."