Post Falls Republican Rep. Frank Henderson told his constituents Feb. 1 that there were three factors which influenced his decision not to seek re-election to the Idaho House this year: his health, energy and who would replace him.
Henderson, World War II veteran, former newspaper publisher, Post Falls mayor and current legislator, is 91-years-old, and when he told a group of more than 30 people Feb. 1 that he would retire, one person applauded: his wife Betty Ann, according to this morning's Coeur d'Alene Press.
"If he were 10 years younger, he'd never retire. He loves that job more than anybody ... but he will never just retire," Betty Ann Henderson told the Press. "He'll be involved in the community, legislative actions, whatever he can do. He will never retire. The day he retires, that's the day he dies."
And Henderson's retirement announcement doubled as the campaign launch for Post Falls businessman John Chambers, who garnered Henderson's endorsement to replace him as one of Idaho District No. 3's House representatives.
"I still have many ideas of issues I would like to work with, but by retiring I'm going to leave them behind," said Henderson at Saturday's announcement.