Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed former Sen. Fred Quayle, a fellow Republican who lost his seat to redistricting, to the Virginia Parole Board.

Quayle (R-Suffolk) retired from the state Senate last year after Democrats, who used to control the chamber, merged his district into that of Sen. Harry Blevins (R-Chesapeake).

He said at the time he did not want to challenge Blevins. That allowed Democrats to draw a new district to accommodate population growth in Loudoun and Prince William counties.

Quayle, who was first elected in 1991, was known as part of a core of more moderate Senate Republicans who led the chamber until 2007 and sometimes joined with Democrats on issues of state spending and taxation.

He will be a part-time member of the parole board and be paid $52,000.