Justice Roger Burdick will succeed Justice Daniel Eismann on Aug. 1 to serve as chief justice of the Idaho Supreme Court. Eismann, who will remain on the court, advocated a four-year rotation in the chief justice position. Burdick was elected unanimously by his colleagues on Idaho's high court.
Burdick has service for 30 years within the Idaho Judiciary, including service as a magistrate judge in Jerome County, a district judge in Twin Falls County, an administrative judge for the 5th Judicial District and as the judge overseeing the Snake River Basin Adjudication. In 2003, then-Gov. Dirk Kempthorne appointed Burdick to become the 53rd justice in the history of the Idaho Supreme Court. Popular votes in 2004 and 2010 kept Burdick on the bench. Burdick won 58 percent of the vote in a race against John Bradbury in 2010. Brudick said, "This was the first time I've ever had to campaign." His term runs until 2017.
Burdick will be sworn in as chief justice during a ceremony in August. The fall session of the high court is scheduled to begin Aug. 23 in Idaho Falls.