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brownmics.jpgGov. Jerry Brown has appointed Jodi Remke, presiding judge of the State Bar Court of California, chairwoman of the state's Fair Political Practices Commission, his office announced Wednesday.

Remke replaces Ann Ravel, who left the commission for the Federal Election Commission in October.

Remke, 48, takes over a commission that has risen in prominence in recent years, including prosecutions of money laundering and conflict-of-interest cases. Ravel gained national attention for her agency's probe last year of out-of-state groups that funneled money into California's initiative wars in 2012. A $1 million fine against two Arizona-based groups announced in October was the largest ever levied by the FPPC for a campaign violation.

Remke, of Oakland has been presiding judge of the State Bar Court, which rules on attorney discipline cases, since 2006. She was first appointed to the court as a hearing judge in 2000.

Like Brown, she is a Democrat.

According to the governor's office, Remke was a lawyer with the state Senate Judiciary Committee from 1997 to 2000 and worked at the Montana Legal Services Association from 1994 to 1996.

She is a graduate of University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law.

Remke's appointment comes nearly six months after Ravel left the FPPC for Washington, despite a rule in California's Political Reform Act requiring vacancies to be filled within 30 days.

Remke will be paid $136,144 a year.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown talks to members of the press after speaking at a rally for crime victims in Sacramento on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua



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