The Idaho Statesman - - Front Page - BY CHRISTINA LORDS [email protected]­hostates­

Repub­li­cans vote to re­tain Rep. Scott Bedke as speaker of the House in the Idaho Leg­is­la­ture.

Repub­li­cans voted Wed­nes­day night to re­tain Rep. Scott Bedke as speaker of the House and Rep. Mike Moyle as House ma­jor­ity leader in the Idaho Leg­is­la­ture, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the Idaho House Cau­cus.

Bedke, of Oak­ley, was first elected speaker in De­cem­ber 2012 and has re­tained the lead­er­ship po­si­tion since. He will be­gin his 10th term as a state leg­is­la­tor when the Leg­is­la­ture re­con­venes in Jan­uary. Moyle, of Star, will serve his sev­enth term as ma­jor­ity leader.

Repub­li­cans also se­lected Rep. Ja­son Monks, R-Nampa, to serve as as­sis­tant House ma­jor­ity leader, and Me­gan Blanksma, R-Ham­mett, to serve as ma­jor­ity cau­cus chair­woman.

Bedke held off chal­lenger Brent Crane, R-Nampa, for the top House spot. Crane pre­vi­ously served as the as­sis­tant ma­jor­ity leader in the House.

In the Sen­ate, Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, was un­chal­lenged to re­tain his lead­er­ship po­si­tion.

No changes in lead­er­ship were pro­posed for the Demo­cratic Sen­ate and House po­si­tions this year, ac­cord­ing to pre­vi­ous re­port­ing from the Idaho States­man.

New leg­is­la­tor ori­en­ta­tion and or­ga­ni­za­tional ses­sions have been tak­ing place at the Idaho State­house all week. On Thurs­day law­mak­ers were de­ter­min­ing who will serve on each leg­isla­tive com­mit­tee.

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