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Former Senate H&W Chair Lodge is the new Judiciary & Rules chair

Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston, former chairwoman of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee, is the new chair of the Senate Judiciary & Rules Committee, taking over from longtime Chairman Denton Darrington, R-Declo, who retired from the Senate. "It wasn't something I was aspiring to do, follow in Denton's footsteps," Lodge said. "But it's a great challenge. I've been on the committee for 12 years."

Lodge's husband, Edward, is the state's senior federal judge.

Said the seventh-term senator, "I hope I'll provide something important that's beneficial for the taxpayers."

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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