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Gov. Jerry Brown appoints family member to state Athletic Commission

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed his brother-in-law to the California State Athletic Commission on Wednesday.

Van Gordon Sauter, a former television news executive, is married to the governor's sister, Kathleen Brown, who once ran for governor herself.

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Sauter has experience with the commission, which regulates boxing and other fighting sports, having served as chairman a decade ago.

The position requires Senate confirmation and receives a $100-per-diem compensation.

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The governor's office did not mention Brown's relationship to Sauter when it issued a press release on Wednesday that included his appointment.

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Evan Westrup, a spokesman for Brown, said "pertinent information" is included in notices about appointments.

"Information on an appointee's spouse -- or other relatives -- is not," he said.

Sauter previously served as president of CBS News and Fox News, and worked as a journalist in the U.S. and internationally. He is not registered with a political party.

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