Former Idaho House speaker Tom Boyd died Monday at age 86; he was speaker of the House for three terms before retiring from the Legislature in 1992. A Republican who was known as a “peacemaker” and a “consensus-builder,” the Lewiston Tribune reports that at the time, Boyd was just the fourth lawmaker since statehood to serve three terms as House speaker.
Boyd was a farmer and active community member from the small town of Genesee in north-central Idaho. William Haxton, a Genesee farmer who was treasurer for seven of Boyd’s eight legislative campaigns, told Lewiston Tribune reporter Bill Spence, “It seems like he could get people from the far right and far left to do things that needed to be done. He understood how to make things work. … People here were pretty proud of him.”
Spence writes that Boyd chose not to run for re-election in 1992, saying after 16 years in Boise he wanted to see what the Genesee farm looked like in winter. He reportedly considered running for governor, but never filed. Then-Gov. Phil Batt appointed him to the state Board of Education in 1998 and he served three years. You can read Spence’s full report here.