There’s a baby on the way in the Idaho House

House Speaker Scott Bedke conceded, “We’re not good at baby showers,” but still took time to congratulate an expectant mom in the House, Rep. Holli Woodings, D-Boise.

Bedke took a break during Tuesday’s floor session to put the House at ease and join a page in presenting a pot of live flowers to Woodings, a freshman lawmaker.

“Thank you so much,” Woodings said. “It’s been very interesting being a pregnant legislator. I’m really going to appreciate your support next year when we have an infant about the House!”

Replied Bedke, R-Oakley, “I think I speak for everyone in saying you certainly brighten our days.”

Wooding and her husband, Ryan, have a daughter, Mary, aged 2 1/2. Their second child is due in August.

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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