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Idaho Has Older Than Average Solons

On her Facebook wall, Kerri Thoreson posts this photo of state Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls, who will be celebrating his 90th birthday Thursday, is shown at a pre-birthday party bash for him Saturday. Kerri Thoreson features Henderson in her Main Street column in the Coeur d'Alene Press today here.

Idaho is one of the youngest states in the country.  We’re third youngest, right behind Texas (#2) and Utah (#1).  The median age here is 34.6, according to the most recent Census.  More than 30 percent of Idaho is made up of people 19 and younger. Like most states, the people who make laws and set policy are much older than the general population.  Idaho’s median, and average, age of a state legislator is 61.  That’s older than the national average, which according to the National Conference of State Legislatures was 56 last year/Emilie Ritter Saunders, StateImpact. More here.

Question: Does age matter in the Idaho Legislature?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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