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Rep. Nesset to run for Stegner’s Senate seat

Here's a news item from the Associated Press and Lewiston Tribune: LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — State Rep. Jeff Nesset says he'll make a run for the Idaho Senate in 2012.The Lewiston Republican plans to seek the seat that was vacated by Sen. Joe Stegner, who resigned from the state Legislature last month so he could take a new job as the chief lobbyist for the University of Idaho. The Lewiston Tribune reports ( ) Nesset was first elected to the Idaho House in 2010. He was not among the final three candidates that Republican leaders have recommended to serve out the remainder of Stegner's seventh term. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is expected to name Stegner's replacement for the 2012 session by the end of the month. Nesset says he's long been interested in filling Stegner's seat once the senator left office.

Sen. Stegner named UI’s new top lobbyist

Idaho state Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, has been named the new special assistant to the president of the University of Idaho for state governmental relations - chief lobbyist - and will start his new job Dec. 1, UI President Duane Nellis announced today. “The pool of applicants was truly impressive,” Nellis said. “However, Joe’s breadth and depth of experience in the legislature and business, as well as his commitment to education made him stand out from many other capable leaders.”

Stegner replaces Marty Peterson, who retired from the post after two decades; the seventh-term senator said he was “honored” to be chosen for the job, and said, “This is an exciting opportunity that doesn’t come along very often, and I’m very thankful for this chance to work for the continued excellence of the University of Idaho and Idaho’s higher education community.”

Stegner, 61, a retired grain dealer and a University of Idaho graduate, served as assistant majority leader in the Senate until this year, when he was ousted by Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Meridian; he currently chairs the Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee. You can read the university's full announcement here.

Sen. Stegner a finalist for UI’s top lobbyist job

The Lewiston Tribune reports today that Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, is among three finalists to replace the retiring Marty Peterson, longtime University of Idaho special assistant to the president for government relations and top lobbyist for the university in Boise. Stegner, a seven-term senator, current chairman of the Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee and former assistant majority leader, will join the other two finalists - Wayne Hammon, Gov. Butch Otter's budget chief, and Idaho Grain Producers Executive Director Travis Jones - next week on the UI campus for interviews and open forums with the UI community.

Tribune reporter Joel Mills reports that there were about 100 applicants for the position; both Stegner and Jones are UI alumni. UI Vice President for Advancement Chris Murray told the Trib, “The interest was very, very high,” and praised all three finalists. “First and foremost, they're very solid people,” he said. “Each of them has great skills relative to working in the state Legislature. That's an important part of our budget, and it's an important part of our success. In order to serve the state, we need to have the proper state funding.”

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

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