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Legislature’s ‘Energizer bunny’ pushes economic development

Rep. Frank Henderson meant it a year ago when he decided to give up his coveted seat on the Legislature's budget committee to focus more on economic development. The Post Falls Republican sponsored legislation that passed the House unanimously yesterday that he says will directly create dozens of jobs statewide; and he's  partnered with two other lawmakers from his Post Falls-area district to develop a snazzy 10-page full-color magazine, funded out of their own pockets, that they've mailed off to 300 targeted out-of-state businesses, trying to interest the firms in moving to North Idaho.

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, calls Henderson “the Energizer bunny,” and said he's not surprised that some guess Henderson's in his 60s. “He's got the energy of a 60-year-old, that's for sure,” Nonini said. Henderson actually is Idaho's oldest lawmaker at 89; he'll turn 90 in December. You can read my full story here at spokesman.com.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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