UPDATE: Sen. Buckner-Webb Appointed Assistant Minority Leader Following Werk Resignation

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Elliot Werk has resigned from the Idaho Senate to fill a vacancy on the Idaho Tax Commission.
  • Elliot Werk has resigned from the Idaho Senate to fill a vacancy on the Idaho Tax Commission.
Update Wednesday, Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m.

Following the announcement of Elliot Werk's resignation from the Idaho Senate to fill a vacancy on the Idaho Tax Commission, the Senate Minority Office has appointed Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb to the position of Assistant Minority Leader.

In addition, the office has posted Sen. Grant Burgoyne to Minority Caucus Chair. 

Buckner-Webb was previously the Caucus Chair, so-named in 2013. Burgoyne has previously held the posts of Assistant Minority Leader in the House of Representatives before he moved to the Senate.

Original Post Tuesday, Feb. 17, 5:16 p.m.

Sen. Elliot Werk (D-Boise) has given his notice. In a letter to Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, the longtime representative of District 17 resigned from his seat effective immediately.

"It is impossible to overestimate Elliot's contribution to the Senate Minority," Stennett wrote in a press release. "He has been a mentor to many of his colleagues and a fierce defender of democratic principles."

Werk's resignation comes after he was tapped by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to fill a vacancy on the four-member Idaho Tax Commission. 

He joined the Senate in 2002, becoming Minority Caucus Chair in 2009, then served as Assistant Minority Leader from 2009-10, and again from 2013 until the 2015 legislative session. At the time of his resignation, Werk was a member of the Judiciary & Rules, Local Government and Taxation, and State Affairs committees.

Meanwhile, the Idaho Democratic Party has posted on its website news about the vacancy and a call for applications, including a prospective Senator survey, to fill the District 17 Senate seat Werk has vacated.