Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis stepped down from the Idaho Legislature Thursday to take on a new role with the federal government.
Rumors ran rampant during the end of this year’s legislative session that Davis, who’s been Majority leader for 15 years, was in the running for the job of U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho.
When the session was coming to a close, lawmakers circumspectly offered their praise for their colleague, in case he got the job and left the legislature. Davis, too, gave guarded thank you’s to fellow lawmakers, and one person in particular.
“And I am always grateful, and have never in the years I have been here been able to say it with her in the room, but I am grateful to my dear wife and my best friend and I love her very much,” said Davis.
Davis was nominated by the Trump Administration for the job on June 29th. He officially resigned Thursday after 10 terms in the Idaho Senate.
Idaho Falls area Republicans will pick three possible replacements to take over his term and Governor Butch Otter will make the final selection. Next year, the Senate will pick a new Majority Leader.
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