Every year, the Idaho State Legislature honors the legislators who have passed away since the last session.
This year, they honored these former colleagues:
John Wilkins Batt, Jr.
Served Canyon County
Charles F. Cook
Served Benewah County
M. Reed Hansen
Served Bonneville and Teton Counties
S. Lynn Loosli
Served Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, and Teton Counties
Served Bonner and Kootenai Counties
Served Freemont and Madison Counties
Carol A. Pietsch
Served Bonner and Boundary Counties
Bruce L. Sweeney
Served Nez Perce County
The ceremony called up current Representatives to pay homage to the deceased. Each one presented stories, the lives of the legislators at large, and personal anecdotes and stories.
Rep. Tom Loertscher’s presentation for Reed Hansen was complimented by a potato on the podium; a fixture on Hansen’s desk for years. Hansen would continually remind the Legislature that it should return home as the potato spoiled.
Performances accompanied the ceremonies on both sides of the Capitol, with the Boise State University Meistersingers in the House, and Miss Idaho, Kara Jackson, playing violin in the Senate.
Bruce Sweeney was also honored in the Senate, after the House session.