After 19 years, Hill will retire from Senate

In another pre-election legislative shakeup, Idaho’s highest-ranking senator will not seek re-election this year.

Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg

Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill will retire after 19 years in the Statehouse.

“Throughout my years of service, a primary goal has been to increase citizens’ trust and confidence in our government,” Hill, R-Rexburg, said in a news release Thursday. “In many ways, governments here and abroad have weakened the faith of those they govern, but I am proud of the many achievements my colleagues and I have accomplished over the past two decades.”

Hill is in his 10th Senate term; he and Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston, are the Senate’s senior members. He has served as president pro tem for more than a decade.

Hill is the second veteran East Idaho lawmaker to announce his retirement. Senate Education Committee Chairman Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, announced his plans in December. House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, resigned in December to take a lobbying job with the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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