Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has appointed Boise City Council President Maryanne Jordan to the Idaho Senate.
Jordan is set to occupy the seat for District 17 left vacant when seven-term Boise Democratic Sen. Elliot Werk resigned
in February to join the four-member Idaho Tax Commission.
"Thanks to former Sen. Werk for his long and distinguished service," Jordan wrote in a news release. "Jumping in mid-session will be a steep learning curve, but I am confident that I am up to the challenge."
Jordan's name was one of three submitted
to Otter on Feb. 26 for consideration to fill the open Senate seat. Other contenders included longtime civil servant and educator Lorraine Clayton and attorney Nicholas Warden.
While Jordan has said this will be her final term in office on the Boise City Council—where she has served since 2003—she told Boise Weekly
that for the remainder of her term she will be performing her duties with both the Senate and the Council.
Meanwhile, Boise Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb has taken up Werk's position as assistant minority leader.