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Davis officially resigns from state Senate; sworn in as U.S. attorney

Bart Davis (State of Idaho)
Bart Davis (State of Idaho)

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis has officially resigned from the Idaho Legislature following a recent confirmation by the U.S. Senate to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho. Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill announced Thursday he had accepted Davis' letter of resignation. President Donald Trump's administration nominated Davis on June 29. Davis is a 10-term state senator from Idaho Falls with a private legal practice focusing on corporate litigation, bankruptcy and real estate law. He's served as the state Senate majority leader for 15 years. Regional Republicans will now be tasked with selecting three candidates to fill Davis' empty legislative seat and submit those names to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter for final selection. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans will replace Davis' open leadership seat during the 2018 session. The previous U.S. Attorney for Idaho, Wendy Olson, resigned in February and joined a Boise law firm.

Davis was sworn in on Thursday as the state’s new U.S. attorney in a ceremony in Pocatello. In a statement, he said, “I am humbled and honored to continue to serve the great people of Idaho as United States Attorney. I am grateful for the special trust and confidence shown me by President Trump, Attorney General Sessions, Senator Crapo, Senator Risch, and all of those who supported me throughout this process. I inherit a very capable office and look forward to joining them in continuing to do great things.”

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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