Denney Bounced From Idaho House Speaker Position

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Rep. Scott Bedke, Oakley, was voted by GOP lawmakers to become new Speaker of Idaho House.
  • Rep. Scott Bedke, Oakley, was voted by GOP lawmakers to become the new speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives.

Rep. Lawerence Denney, Midvale, was ousted from his position as Speaker of the Idaho House, which he held for three terms.
  • Rep. Lawerence Denney, Midvale, was ousted from his position as speaker of the Idaho House, which he held for three terms.

Idaho lawmakers rearranged their deck chairs at the State Capitol Wednesday night.

In preparation for the 2013 legislative season, Republicans yanked Midvale GOP Rep. Lawerence Denney from his perch as speaker of the House, which he held for three terms, replacing him with Oakley Rep. Scott Bedke.

Star GOP Rep. Mike Moyle retained his slot as majority leader, a position he has held since 2007.

Democrats didn't make any changes in minority leadership, deciding that Lewiston Democratic Rep. John Rusche should lead their party in the House.

Across the rotunda, Senate Republicans maintained the status quo, electing Rexburg GOP Sen. Brent Hill as president pro tem and Idaho Falls Sen. Bart Davis as majority leader.

Senate Democrats chose Ketchum Democratic Sen. Michelle Stennett to be minority leader, replacing the retiring Pocatello Sen. Edgar Malepeai.

Leadership from both parties will dole out committee chairmanships and committee assignments later today.

Brace yourself: The 2013 Legislature convenes Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

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