Sylvia Allen, the GOP state Senator from Snowflake, AZ, believes the Earth is 6,000 years old. She will run the state Senate's committee to oversee educational legislation.
Allen also believes in chemtrails and mandatory church attendance.
She has promised to "focus on parents' responsibility in their children's education" — a dogwhistle for those who advocate for abstinence-only sex education as well as a ban (or limits) on teaching evolution through natural selection as the origin of humankind.
Senate President Andy Biggs on Monday named Allen to lead a committee that acts as a gatekeeper for education-related legislation, such as Common Core and spending. Allen succeeds Sen. Kelli Ward, who resigned last week to run full-time in next year's GOP primary against Sen. John. McCain.
"She understands what Arizona students and parents need in our education system," Biggs said in a prepared statement. "She is a very experienced legislator and I know she will do a wonderful job."
AZ lawmaker who believes Earth 6,000 years old leads education panel
[Brahm Resnik/12 News]
(Image: State Senator Sylvia at the Nullify Now! event, Gage Skidmore, CC-BY-SA)