Boise’s Chew, Caldwell’s Hixon named to Idaho Hispanic Commission

Reps. Sue Chew, D-Boise, and Brandon Hixon, R-Caldwell, have been appointed to the Idaho Commission by House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley. They join Sens. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston, and Roy Lacey, D-Pocatello. By law, four of the nine commissioners are legislators.

A news release follows:

Four Legislators Appointed to the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs

Senator Dan G. Johnson of Lewiston, Senator Roy Lacey of Pocatello, Representative Sue Chew of Boise, and Representative Brandon A. Hixon of Caldwell have been appointed to the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

Their positions are effective immediately and will expire on November 14, 2014.

The next official Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs meeting will be in Burley, ID on May 30, 2013.

The Commission consist of nine (9) board members, two (2) appointed by the president pro tempore of the senate from the members of the senate; two (2) to be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives from the members of the house, and five (5) public members selected from the Hispanic community who reside in and represent the various geographical areas of the state.  The five (5) public members are appointed by the governor.

The Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs is a non-partisan state agency.  Providing services to the Hispanic Community and serving as a liaison between the community and government entities.


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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