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Gov. Butch Otter launches post-election farewell tour

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 25, 2018, 9:22 p.m.

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2018 file photo, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter speaks to reporters about the upcoming 2018 legislative session at the State Capitol building Boise, Idaho. Otter's proposal to provide health care to some of Idaho's poorest residents has been spiked after failing to get enough support from Republican lawmakers. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger, File) ORG XMIT: LA209 (Otto Kitsinger / AP)
FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2018 file photo, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter speaks to reporters about the upcoming 2018 legislative session at the State Capitol building Boise, Idaho. Otter's proposal to provide health care to some of Idaho's poorest residents has been spiked after failing to get enough support from Republican lawmakers. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger, File) ORG XMIT: LA209 (Otto Kitsinger / AP)
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BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter’s post-election farewell tour included visits to Boise’s business community.

The Idaho Statesman reported the 76-year-old Otter is wrapping up 12 years as governor – a rare feat. He’s tied with Gov. Robert Smylie, and one term short of Gov. Cecil Andrus, Idaho’s longest-serving chief executive.

During a speech hosted by the Boise Metro Chamber earlier this month, Otter spoke about his positive relationships with the business community and the chamber. They started after he was first elected governor, he said, and the chamber brought him a list of “the things you ought to be doing.”

Among those successes, Otter counted improvements in education and economic growth.

Otter did have one lament. He wished he could have done more to secure funding for Idaho’s highways and bridges.

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