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Otter names attorney Ilana Rubel to Ward-Engelking’s former House seat

Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Boise attorney Ilana Rubel to the Idaho House, to fill the District 18 vacancy created when he appointed then-Rep. Janie Ward-Engelking, D-Boise, to the Idaho Senate; Ward-Engelking replaced former Sen. Branden Durst, D-Boise, who left the state. Rubel, 41, is a litigation partner at the law firm Fenwick & West in Boise. She was one of three nominees presented to Otter by the district’s Democratic Party legislative committee. Click below for Otter’s full announcement.

C.L. “Butch” Otter





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                         

January 8, 2014                                                                                                                           




(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointment today of Boise attorney Ilana Rubel to the Idaho House of Representatives. She fills a District 18 vacancy created when then-Representative Janie Ward-Engelking was appointed to the Idaho Senate.

Rubel was among three candidates nominated by the District 18 Democratic Legislative Committee to succeed Ward-Engelking, whom Governor Otter appointed on December 20 to the seat left open by the resignation of Senator Branden Durst.

“I am very grateful to have this opportunity to work with my fellow legislators on both sides of the aisle to help bring top-quality jobs to our state, make our schools the best they can be, and protect Idaho’s natural resources for generations to come,” Rubel said.

Rubel, 41, has lived in Boise for 14 years and is a litigation partner at the law firm Fenwick & West in Boise. She is a Georgetown University and Harvard Law School graduate. She and her husband, attorney John Paschke, have four children.




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

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