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Tim Johnson Retirement: Rodney Davis Chosen By GOP As Ballot Replacement Candidate

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio reenacts the House swearing in of Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Ill., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) | AP

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois Republican leaders have chosen a November ballot replacement for longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson after he abruptly announced his retirement last month.

GOP officials from 14 counties settled on Rodney Davis on Saturday. He's an aide to Republican U.S. Rep. John Shimkus and was among four candidates being considered. The others included Johnson's former chief of staff, Jerry Clarke, and attorney and former Miss America Erika Harold.

Davis faces Democrat David Gill, a physician.

According to a statement, Republican officials say Davis was their unanimous choice for the newly created 13th district. It stretches across parts of central and southwestern Illinois.

Johnson won the GOP nomination in Illinois' March primary. In April, he dropped his re-election campaign, citing family reasons.

Johnson first took office in 2001.

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