BOISE – St. Maries City Councilor Margie Gannon was officially appointed to the Idaho House on Friday, replacing former 5th Legislative District Rep. Paulette Jordan, who resigned last week.
Acting Gov. Brad Little announced the appointment Friday afternoon, less than 24 hours after the district’s Democratic Central Committee named Gannon as its top choice to fill the vacant seat.
“I’m so excited – and this time I know how to find my office,” Gannon said. “I just booked my flight, so I’ll be there Monday morning.”
Gannon briefly filled in for Jordan last week before the two-term Plummer Democrat elected to resign her seat to focus on her gubernatorial campaign.
The 5th District central committee met in Tensed on Thursday evening to select three possible replacements for Jordan. Gannon was the group’s first choice, followed by Moscow attorney Laurene Sorensen and retired Army officer Barry Johnson.
By law, the governor had 15 days to appoint one of the three nominees to the empty seat. However, with Gov. Butch Otter away in Washington, D.C., Lt. Gov. Little made the appointment in rapid fashion while serving as acting governor.
“That was fast,” said Sandra Kelly, chairwoman of the district central committee. “We’d gotten the indication that they were going to act quickly, but we were hoping for Monday.”
The 5th Legislative District includes Latah and Benewah counties.
Gannon is serving her first term on the St. Maries City Council, after serving 16 years on the St. Maries School Board. She also served on the executive board of the Idaho School Boards Association. She worked for 20 years as a licensed practical nurse and for 17 years with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Gannon’s appointment runs through November; she said she plans to run for the seat in this year’s election.
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