Bock to leave Idaho Senate, Boise’s Burgoyne to run

Boise Democratic Sen. Les Bock says he will leave the Senate even if he’s not appointed to a vacancy on the 4th District bench. Bock is one of 14 candidates for the job.

House Assistant Minority Leader Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, a three-term representative, says he will run for the Senate seat next year.

The Idaho Judicial Council will conduct interviews Sept. 11 for the judicial vacancy and recommend between two and four applicants to Gov. Butch Otter.

Bock served two years in the House and is in his fifth year in the Senate; his term expires in December 2014.

“It’s pretty simple,” Bock said Wednesday. “As far as I’m concerned that’s about enough time. It’s time for some new blood and I’m moving on. If I don’t get the judgeship I will probably join a firm and return to practice law.”

Bock, 64, scaled back his practice beginning late in 2010, when he was elected assistant Senate minority leader. In the 2013 Legislative Directory, Bock lists his occupation as an artist and furniture builder. Bock also is a painter.

If he’s not appointed a judge and barred from engaging in partisan politics, Bock said he will support Burgoyne.


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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