Idaho GOP names new top staffer, Woolf hires outgoing ED Whitworth

For the second time in a year, the Idaho GOP is getting a new executive director.

Joshua Whitworth is leaving the party’s top administrative post to work for state Controller Brandon Woolf. Appointed by Gov. Butch Otter in October to complete the term of Donna Jones, Woolf was confirmed by the Idaho Senate in January and will run for the job in his own right next year.

The new executive director is Trevor Thorpe, the party’s political director.

A year ago, Whitworth replaced former director Jonathan Parker after Parker left to become a lobbyist for the Boise office of the Holland and Hart law firm.

Wednesday’s news release from the party follows:


Executive Director Joshua Whitworth Accepts New Position

Boise, Idaho — Joshua Whitworth, Executive Director of the Idaho Republican Party has accepted a position with Idaho State Controller Brandon Woolf’s office in Boise. Whitworth will make the transition in July.
“I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve, as it has been an exciting time to be a part of the Idaho Republican Party. It is because of the people in the party that it endures and our Republican values maintain Idaho as one of the best places to live. I am grateful to Chairman Peterson and the rest of the State Central Committee for the great experience of working with these amazing people over the past year,” stated Whitworth.
“Our Idaho rancher Josh, from Mackay, has served the party well in this past year and we wish him well as he steps forward on his new adventure and endeavor,” said Chairman Barry Peterson.
Trevor Thorpe, hired by Jonathan Parker, who served as the Idaho Republican Party Political Director for the past year and a half and State Victory Director during the 2010 election cycle, will be taking over duties as the Executive Director on July 8th. “Having worked closely with Josh and Jonathan, I know I have big shoes to fill. However, I am excited to continue my involvement with the party fighting for conservative values and keeping Idaho one of the reddest states,” said Thorpe.
Thorpe, a native of Virginia, is a graduate of BYU and fulfilled his mission service in Mexico City. Before coming on with the Idaho GOP in 2010, he interned at the US Department of State. Trevor, his wife Lindsey, and their baby girl have settled in Boise.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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