Ex-Governor Undergoes Heart Surgery

Three-term Idaho governor Robert E. Smylie was listed in fair condition at a Boise hospital Thursday.

St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center spokesman Patrick Thomas confirmed that Smylie, 80, had open heart surgery earlier in the week.

Smylie, a retired Boise lawyer, was elected governor in 1954 and was re-elected twice before losing the 1966 GOP primary to Don Samuelson.

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