Natalie Phelps Finnie

A southern Illinois lawmaker has been appointed to the state's newly created Taskforce on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment.

State Representative Natalie Phelps Finnie of Elizabethtown supported House Resolution 687, which created the Taskforce.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

For the first time ever, a woman will hold the 118th district seat in southern Illinois.

Natalie Phelps Finnie was officially announced Wednesday as the replacement for her cousin, 8-term House member Brandon Phelps, who resigned last week for health reasons.