Dean Heller To Be Appointed To Fill John Ensign Senate Seat By Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval

04/27/2011 03:00 pm ET | Updated Jun 27, 2011

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has named Republican Rep. Dean Heller to replace John Ensign in the U.S. Senate.

The appointment announced Wednesday sets in motion a political scramble on how Heller's seat in the House will be filled. State law says a special election must be held within 180 days of a vacancy.

Ensign has been dogged by an ethics investigation and announced last week he was resigning effective May 3.

Heller last month said he would run for Ensign's seat in 2012, and Sandoval quickly endorsed him.