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Key moderate and top budget-writer Bolz to retire from Idaho House

House Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Darrell Bolz said Friday he will retire from the Legislature this year after 14 years.

The Caldwell Republican, 70, said it’s time to step aside for a successor in keeping with Idaho’s tradition of part-time, citizen lawmakers.

“I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to serve the people of District 10, Canyon County and the state of Idaho,” Bolz said in a news release Friday. “It has been both an honor and a privilege to serve in this capacity. My sincere thanks go out to the citizens for providing me the opportunity to serve in this capacity.”

A veteran of the Navy and a longtime agricultural extension officer for the University of Idaho, Bolz became a leading “moderate” in the House as the chamber tilted to the right in recent elections. He was been an ally of his fellow Canyon County politician, Gov. Butch Otter (below, at left, with Bolz).

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Bolz is one of four members of the 20-member Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee who sit on the old Supreme Court dais in the committee room, along with Senate Finance Vice Chairwoman Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, House Appropriations Chairwoman Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, and Senate Finance Chairman Dean Cameron, R-Rupert.

His news release follows:

Darrell Bolz, Idaho State Representative, District 10-B, has announced that he will not be seeking an 8th term in the Idaho State Legislature.   He is currently serving on the Agricultural Affairs, Appropriations Vice Chair (JFAC), and Judiciary, Rules and Administration committees.

He has enjoyed his time in the legislature and has found it to be very rewarding, but feels it is now time to step aside and provide the opportunity for someone else serve in this capacity.  He feels that Idaho is indeed fortunate to have a “citizen’s legislature” and his hope would be that it continues to be so providing the opportunity for those desiring to serve in public office that opportunity.

Two things that he has found to be the most satisfying as a legislator are: (1) the people that one meets and (2) the things one learns every day.  The two things certainly have made his time in the legislature both rewarding and worthwhile.

“I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to serve the people of District 10, Canyon County, and the State of Idaho.  It has been both an honor and a privilege to serve in this capacity.

My sincere thanks go out to the citizens for providing me the opportunity to serve in this capacity.”

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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