SACRAMENTO (AP) — A former state lawmaker from Orange County has been appointed to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board, adding another Southern California voice on the $68 billion project.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon announced Wednesday that the Senate Rules Committee appointed former Sen. Lou Correa to the rail board.

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Correa, a Democrat from Santa Ana, recently lost an election to the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

As a senator, Correa helped ensure funding to upgrade rail service at either end of the high-speed rail system.

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Correa replaces Richard Frank, an environmental law professor at UC Davis, on the 9-member board.

The term lasts until the end of 2018. Correa will receive $100 per diem for each meeting.

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