Former longtime Associated Press reporter Quane Kenyon covered many an Idaho legislative session, but his role in the Capitol today is a different one – he’s a substitute senator, filling in today through Friday for Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise. Martin is off to Atlanta with his wife to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.
As the Senate’s floor session concluded today, Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, said to smiles, “It is wonderful to have a member of the press, even if a retired member of the press, sitting with us Republicans.”
Kenyon said afterward, “I thought I knew where everything was, because I prowled these halls for 26 years. So I get down here, and everything’s moved.”
Counting regular sessions, organizational sessions and special sessions, Kenyon said he covered 40 sessions of the Idaho Legislature for the Associated Press; he also covered the Michigan legislature. While he’s subbing for Martin, Kenyon said, “I hope to avoid making any really hard decisions, since I’m just a caretaker.”