EchoHawk Resigns From BIA, Appointed to Mormon Leadership


Larry EchoHawk, former Idaho attorney general and Democratic candidate for governor, was one of the Obama administration's first appointees when he was tapped to head the Bureau of Indian Affairs. But on Saturday, EchoHawk announced that he's resigning from the BIA to accept a leadership position with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

EchoHawk is being appointed to the Quorum of Seventy, a full-time position that will put EchoHawk in the Mormon Church's third-highest governing body.

EchoHawk was a Democratic legislator in the Idaho House of Representatives in 1982 and was elected Bannock County prosecuting attorney in 1986. In 1990, he was elected attorney general of Idaho. In 1994, he ran for governor but lost to Republican Phil Batt. EchoHawk served on the faculty of Brigham Young University until his BIA appointment in 2009.