10/23/2013 11:49 EDT | Updated 12/23/2013 05:12 EST

Premier nominates newcomer to Nova Scotia legislature as house Speaker

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has chosen a newcomer to the provincial legislature as his nominee for Speaker of the legislature.

McNeil says he will ask Kevin Murphy, the Liberal member for Eastern Shore, to take on the role when the legislature resumes Thursday for a special sitting.

Murphy, an entrepreneur, was elected to represent the Halifax-area riding, defeating the NDP incumbent in the Oct. 8 election.

The 43-year-old says he's humbled by the nomination.

McNeil says he will nominate Margaret Miller, the Liberal member for Hants East, to serve as deputy Speaker.