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Rep. Rubel sworn in by Speaker Bedke (w/video)

Rep. Ilana Rubel, D-Boise, the newest member of the Idaho House was sworn in Wednesday afternoon by House Speaker Scott Bedke with husband and four children on hand.

Rubel, 41, is a Harvard-educated lawyer with an undergraduate degree from Georgetown. To see video of her taking the oath of office, click here. Her husband, John Paschke, is at her left; Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, is at the right. Minority John Rusche, enters the frame on the left, applauding.

“It is an honor for me to have been selected,” Rubel said in a news release. “I pledge to represent the citizens of District 18 to the best of my abilities.”

Rubel was appointed Wednesday by GOP Gov. Butch Otter to complete the term of Janie Ward-Engelking, who Otter appointed to the Senate to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of former Sen. Branden Durst in Southeast Boise’s District 18.

She will face election to a full two-year term later this year.

The news release House Democrats follows:

Press Release—Idaho House Welcomes Representative Ilana Rubel

For immediate release – Wednesday, January 08, 2014

BOISE—Idaho Democratic House members welcome our newest legislator, District 18 Representative Ilana S. Rubel.

Rubel was sworn in today to fill the seat vacated by Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking.

“It is an honor for me to have been selected,” Rubel said. “I pledge to represent the citizens of District 18 to the best of my abilities.”

Rubel is a lawyer, who works with technology companies and is an expert at intellectual property law. She is married, the mother of four children and an avid outdoorswoman.

“We are very pleased to have such a qualified, hard-working legislator join our team,” said Minority Leader John Rusche. “Rep. Rubel will be great help as she joins Idaho Democratic lawmakers standing up for Idaho families.”

A graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School, Rubel has been a partner in the litigation group

of Fenwick & West LLP since 2008. She has also taught “Civics and the Constitution” at Foothills School of Arts and Sciences.

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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