- Rep. Gayle Batt (R-Wilder)
Wilder Republican Rep. Gayle Batt, who co-sponsored Idaho's so-called "ag-gag" measure, which passed through the Idaho Legislature but was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge, announced Wednesday she would not seek another term in the Idaho House.
This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports Batt said she would serve out the remainder of her term, which expires in 2016, but wanted to give potential candidates for her House seat ample time to ramp up a campaign.
"My voting record is clear; the votes that I cast were not made for the purpose of getting reelected," wrote Batt in a press release. "I believe only when one is free from self-preservation are they truly free to serve others."
Earlier this year Batt joined several other House Republicans in voting "no" on House Bill 246, an anti-bullying measure that ultimately passed through the Idaho House and Senate and was signed into law by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.
Otter appointed Batt to complete the Idaho House term of late-Rep. Pat Takasugi in 2011 when Takasugi lost his battle against cancer. Batt had served as Takasugi's campaign manager and is the former president of the Food Producers of Idaho.