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Otter names Wagoner to replace Hixon in the Idaho House

Gov. Butch Otter has named Jarom Wagoner, a senior city planner for the city of Caldwell, to replace Rep. Brandon Hixon, R-Caldwell, in the Idaho House; Wagoner was the top choice of the District 10 GOP committee, which submitted three nominees to the governor.

Wagoner will complete Hixon’s term, which runs through 2018. “Joining the Legislature mid-term makes things a little tougher for Representative Wagoner,” Otter said, “but I’m confident that lawmakers and leaders will embrace him and help make his tenure positive and productive. He deserves our support in representing the people of my native Canyon County.”

Hixon resigned after becoming the focus of a criminal investigation involving sexual abuse allegations; no charges have yet been filed. He was in his third House term.

Wagoner, a graduate of Arizona State University, has worked for the city of Caldwell since 2013, and previously was a planner for the Ada County Highway District. He’s been a Boy Scouts volunteer for 15 years, and has been active as a Republican precinct committeeman and a member of the Canyon County Republican Central Committee. Wagoner ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for House seat 10A in the 2012 primary election, losing narrowly to Hixon, who received 51.5 percent of the vote to Wagoner’s 48.5 percent.

Wagoner and his wife Lisa have three young sons.

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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