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State Sen. Ryan Aument of Landisville is no longer the Senate Education Committee chair after being selected as the Republican caucus secretary.

State Sen. Ryan Aument has traded one legislative leadership role for another.

The Landisville Republican, who in March was chosen as the Senate Republican caucus secretary, no longer serves as the Senate Education Committee chair, a position he held since January.

State Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati this week announced that Republican Sen. Wayne Langerholc has replaced Aument as chair.

Aument remains a member of the committee, which he’s been a part of each of the past four years. He previously served on the House Education Committee for two years as a state representative.

Among Aument’s priorities as chair was to form a higher education funding commission — similar to the basic education funding commission created in 2014 — to study the way Pennsylvania funds its public colleges and universities, which include Millersville University and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.

Earlier this month, Aument cosponsored legislation from Republican Sen. Patrick Browne to do just that. Sen. Scott Martin, of Martic Township, is also a cosponsor.

House Bill 536 would create a 15-member commission to review and make recommendations related to higher education funding, affordability and effectiveness.

The legislation was referred to the state Education Committee April 10.