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Former Idaho Legislator to Become Health and Welfare Regional Director

Joyce Broadsword was first elected to the Idaho Senate in 2004 and was re-elected three times.

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Former Idaho Sen. Joyce Broadsword, who served as co-chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, has announced that she has taken a job as regional director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for northern Idaho, serving the Gem State's 10 northernmost counties.

Broadsword was first elected to the Idaho Senate in 2004 and was re-elected three times. But when redistricting placed Broadsword in Legislative District 1 in 2012, she decided not to run against fellow Republican Sen. Shawn Keough.

Instead, Broadsword ran for—and won—the November 2012 election for Bonner County commissioner.

But this morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Broadsword is resigning from the commission post less than a month after taking her oath of office to take the Health and Welfare job.

"It became clear I could do more to help in northern Idaho by accepting as your new Region 1 [Health and Welfare] director," wrote Broadsword in her resignation letter. "That's why I got into public service in the first place."

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will appoint Broadsword's replacement on the Bonner County Commission.

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