Mexican consul to make first-ever speech to Idaho Senate

Consul of Mexico Guillermo Ordorica will speak Thursday at 11:40 a.m. to the Idaho Senate about developments in Mexico, consular activities and the U.S.-Mexico relationship.

The brief speech will be the first of its kind for the Boise-based consul, according to a news release from the consulate. The consulate, which opened in 2009, covers most of Idaho, western Montana, and slices of Oregon and Nevada.

A diplomat for 25 years, Ordorica has Basque roots and has been in Boise since June.

The news release follows:

Something big is happening in Mexico

The Consul of Mexico, Guillermo Ordorica, will address the Idaho Senate at the Capitol Senatorial Chamber on Thursday February 13th, 2014 at 11:40 a.m.

Consul Ordorica will give a brief on Mexico’s transformations, the activities of the Consulate and key aspects of the relation with the United States and Idaho.

The Consulate of Mexico in Boise informs that Consul Ordorica will address the Idaho state Senate at the senatorial chamber of the Capitol on Thursday February 13th, 2014 at 11:40 a.m.

In this first presentation of the Consulate of Mexico in Boise before the state Senate, Consul Ordorica will give a brief on Mexico’s recent transformations, and will bring to the Senate’s attention the Constitutional reforms, recently approved by the Mexican Congress.

Consul Ordorica will also comment on the consular activities that are being held in Idaho in order to strengthen the Gem State’s relations with Mexico, as well as key points about the broader relationship with the United States.

Something big is happening in Mexico.

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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