Gov. Tom Corbett is nominating a former U.S. representative and two other Democrats to fill seats at the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the Public Utility Commission.
Corbett made the announcement Thursday.
His nominees include former U.S. Rep. Tim Holden to the Liquor Control Board, former Pa. Sen. Sean Logan to the turnpike commission and Gladys Brown, a top state Senate lawyer, to the Public Utility Commission.
Holden, of St. Clair, Schuylkill Co., lost his bid for re-election to Congress last year after the state legislature redrew his district, which once included Berks County. He was the longest-serving member of the Pennsylvania delegation.
Corbett is a Republican, but the boards of the three independent agencies are traditionally split up between Republicans and Democrats, and these nominees are filling seats previously held by Democrats.
All three will require a two-thirds majority approval by the state Senate, which is controlled by Republicans.