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Herrod recently placed in the finals of all three weapon categories at the U.S. Fencing Associations national tournament.
In two of the three categories for the 40 to 49 age division, he place third.
The Republican was appointed to the Legislature just before this past year's session started. He started fencing in 1996 and was taught by his now sister-in-law, who was the No. 2-ranked female epee fencer in the world at the time.