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Perry Swisher dies at 88, served in Leg. as both Republican and Democrat

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― Perry Swisher, a longtime state representative and senator who served as both a Republican and Democrat, has died. He was 88. Swisher died Wednesday morning at Chateau De Boise retirement residence in Boise of congestive heart failure, said his son, Larry Swisher. Perry Swisher was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 1952 as a Republican, and was a member of the Idaho Senate from 1962 to 1966, also as a Republican. In 1966 he ran unsuccessfully as a third party candidate for governor, and then in 1976 returned to the House as a Democrat. Gov. John Evans in 1979 appointed him to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. Swisher is survived by his wife, Nicky, son Larry, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Another son, Eric, died in 2009. You can read the Idaho Statesman's full article here.


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

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