Otter Appoints Bowers to House Seat

Another young buck for the Legislature

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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter found a replacement for retiring Rep. Bob Ring of Caldwell. The retired physician, a Republican, resigned at the end of this year's session.

Otter tapped former restaurateur Curtis Bowers of Caldwell to take Ring's place. He'll serve out the remainder of Ring's term, through 2008.

From Otter's office:

Bowers, 41, has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Colorado Christian University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Colorado. He worked as a private school teacher and public school tutor while operating several businesses until opening the first of three Mona Lisa Fondue restaurants in Manitou Springs, Colorado, in 1995. He opened the second in Nampa in 1998, and the third in Boise in 2004.

Bowers recently sold his restaurant interests to spend more time with his wife Lauren and six children. He continues to engage in real estate investment, consulting and development.

“Curtis understands the proper relationship between government and the private sector – that government must be the people’s servant and is responsible for the wise and responsible use of taxpayer money,” Governor Otter said. “He is an entrepreneur and a strong family man who is invested in his community and in Idaho’s future.”