CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is tapping former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle to serve in his administration.

A spokesman for Rauner confirmed Thursday that Lingle will be the Republican governor’s senior adviser. The announcement comes during a preview of the State of the State address Rauner gave at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

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Rauner describes the 61-year-old Lingle as a “superstar” former governor who served eight years in office.

Rauner spokesman Lance Trover says Lingle will start sometime in May or June.

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Lingle was elected as Hawaii’s governor in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. She is a Republican who lost a bid for a U.S. Senate seat in 2012.

She was born in St. Louis and moved to Hawaii in 1975.

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