Speaker David Ralston addresses the state House in this February 2016 file photo. The Blue Ridge Republican on Tuesday appointed James Kreyenbuhl to the Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Ralston names Savannah lawyer to ethics commission

House Speaker David Ralston on Tuesday appointed Savannah attorney James Kreyenbuhl to the state ethics commission.

Kreyenbuhl, a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Georgia State University School of Law, will fill the unexpired term of former commission Chairwoman Hillary Stringfellow. That term ends in January 2018.

With Kreyenbuhl’s appointment, the commission — formally known as the Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission — is back at full strength after Gov. Nathan Deal last week appointed Atlanta attorney Jake Evans to the board.

Kreyenbuhl is a partner at Brennan, Harris & Rominger and specializes in workers’ compensation and education law.

He and Evans join the commission as it continues to tackle a high-profile case involving former state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine.

Commissioners on Monday said they are considering new allegations against Oxendine in the coming months over his decision to “invest” $237,000 in leftover campaign money in his law firm.

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