Janie Ward-Engelking, a retired teacher, was one of three nominees the District 18 Democratic Legislative Committee submitted to Gov. Butch Otter to fill the final year of Sen. Branden Durst’s two-year term.
“Representative Ward-Engelking was part of an exemplary freshman class in the Idaho House. Now she has the opportunity to continue her work in the Idaho Senate, where I’m confident she will continue to serve the people of District 18 well,” Otter said in a Friday news release.
Durst resigned in November. He said he did so to spend more time with his family, who moved to western Washington earlier this year
Ward-Engelking’s appointment creates a vacancy in the House of Representatives from District 18. The same committee that nominated her for the Senate now must submit up to three names to the Governor for a successor to that House seat.