Fighting cancer, Speaker Bedke’s wife acknowledged in pink-tinged Idaho House

Rep. Steven Miller, who lost his wife to cancer in November, joined the American Cancer Society and Idaho affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in supporting the treatment efforts of Sarah Bedke on Thursday.

Mrs. Bedke has been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer during the 2013 Legislature. Her husband, Scott, R-Oakley, is speaker of the Idaho House.

Miller, R-Fairfield, wore a bright pink tie in honor of Bedke and others. Flowers and pink pins were provided to both Bedke and his wife. (In my original post, I wrote that Mrs. Bedke observed from the gallery. She was not present.)

Rep. Miller’s prepared remarks follow:

Mr. Speaker, you may have noticed an ever so subtle variation in our attire today.  Allow me to explain.

Many of you know that my wife, Linda, fought cancer.  She was diagnosed, had surgery, chemo, radiation, and then chemo again a year and half later.  When she underwent chemo the second time, the children at her school wore pink braces, pink clips, pink rings, pink ear rings — anything pink – for the duration of her chemo.  It was an outpouring of love, support and genuine concern from the kids to Linda and she was tremendously blessed.

Mr. Speaker, this is still a tender memory for me.  I understand some of the challenges you and Mrs. Bedke face together and the strength, courage, and faith it takes to go through this process.

I understand that another treatment took place yesterday. Another one down.

In the same way that Linda was blessed by those children, it is my desire that you be blessed by the Gentle Ladies and Gentle Men of this body.  As you can see, there are many here wearing the color that represents the battle against breast cancer.  We extend our friendship, our good will, our prayers and our support to you, Mr. Speaker, to you, Mrs. Bedke, and to a new friend, Ms. Anne Loebs of Twin Falls.  Ms. Loebs is undergoing surgery today as we speak.

It is my hope you will be strengthened and comforted and encouraged by the recognition, support and prayers of the members of this body.

I would like to recognize today’s visitors in the Chamber.

Please join me in welcoming our guests.

Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Bedke, Ms. Loebs, and to the members and family members of this body who have endured, are enduring, or are cancer free.

May God bless you, and keep you.  May He make His face to shine upon you.

Be blessed.






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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