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Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Gayle Batt of Wilder to complete the Idaho House term of state Rep. Pat Takasugi, who died after a three-year battle against cancer of the appendix. Batt was Takasugi's choice to fill in for him in the last legislative session, when his health prevented him from attending the session.
“I have known Gayle for years, and I know her to be a keen student of public policy and the legislative process,” Otter said in a statement. “She knows her county, her district and her state exceedingly well, and I have great confidence that she will continue to be an exemplary member of the Idaho Legislature.”
Batt was Takasugi's campaign manager in both 2008 and 2010, and is a former president of the Food Producers of Idaho and the Canyon County Republican Women. Click below for the governor's full announcement.
KIVI-TV reports that Idaho state Rep. Pat Takasugi died late Sunday night at a Boise hospital, surrounded by his family, after a three-year fight against cancer; you can read their full report here. Takasugi, 62, is a second-term Republican from Wilder; he was the director of the state Department of Agriculture from 1996 to 2006, and also a longtime farmer, an Army veteran, a College of Idaho graduate and former chairman of the Canyon County Republican Party. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, and three children; Takasugi missed the last legislative session due to his health, and Gayle Batt filled in for him.