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House Dems elect Erpelding minority leader, Rubel as assistant, Smith as caucus chair

Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, has been elected House Minority Leader by the House Democratic caucus, replacing former Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, who lost to Republican Mike Kingsley in the November election. Erpelding formerly was assistant minority leader. The new assistant minority leader is Rep. Ilana Rubel, D-Boise; and the new minority caucus chair is Rep. Elaine Smith, D-Pocatello. The only contested race was between Smith and Rep. Hy Kloc, D-Boise, for the caucus chair position.

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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