McKague to Retire From Legislature, Support Winder as Replacement

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Meridian Republican Sen. Shirley McKague is the latest Idaho legislator to announce that she won't be running for re-election.

The two-term senator and five-term House representative, who took temporary leave on Jan. 23 to assist her husband's recovery from surgery, has been a longtime fixture at the Idaho Statehouse. She served as secretary to the House of Representatives from 1986 to 1996 before being appointed to the House in 1997. She served in the lower chamber until 2007, when she was appointed to the Senate. McKague is currently serving on the Senate Judiciary and Rules and Local Government and Taxation committees.

In her retirement announcement, McKague said she would support the candidacy of Sen. Chuck Winder for her seat. Reapportionment moved Winder into McKague's District 20, which serves most of Meridian.

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