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Parker to leave Idaho GOP for lobbyist position at Holland & Hart

Idaho Republican Party Executive Director Jonathan Parker will leave his post after the June GOP state convention in Twin Falls to take a job as a lobbyist for the law firm Holland & Hart. Parker was appointed in 2009 by outgoing party Chairman Norm Semanko; he's stepping aside to allow the next chairman, chosen at the convention, to appoint the next executive director. Click below for the Idaho GOP's full announcement.


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May 31, 2012                                                                                 \


Executive Director Jonathan Parker Accepts New Position


Boise, Idaho – Jonathan Parker, Executive Director of the Idaho Republican Party has accepted a position with the law firm of Holland & Hart LLP in Boise, where he will provide government affairs services [1]. Parker will make the transition following the Idaho Republican Party's State Convention, which will be held in Twin Falls from June 21-23.

"Jonathan Parker has done an outstanding job in service to the Idaho Republican Party and is largely responsible for the success that we have enjoyed. We wish him well and have no doubt that he will excel in his future endeavors," said Idaho GOP Chairman Norm Semanko, who named Parker to the position in January, 2009. 

Previous to his time at the State GOP, Parker served as a Congressional office district director, ran several high-profile campaigns, and worked as a lobbyist for various interests.

“It has been an honor to work with the wonderful people of the Idaho Republican Party,” stated Jonathan Parker. Parker continued, “The past three and a half years have been some of the most exciting years of my life, highlighted by the record 2010 elections and first-ever Idaho Republican Presidential Caucus, and I am grateful to Chairman Semanko and the Executive Committee for giving me the opportunity to serve the Idaho Republican Party.”

After the State Convention, it will be the newly elected Chairman's duty to appoint a new Executive Director, in consultation with the Party's statewide Executive Committee.

"The strength of our party - the grassroots, rank-and-file Republicans in every corner of the state - will continue to carry us forward as we welcome new leadership at State Party headquarters. The Idaho GOP is well-positioned to help elect our candidates’ statewide and increase our already strong majorities," Semanko concluded.



[1] Mr. Parker is not licensed to practice law and will not be providing legal advice to the firm's clients.

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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