Wasden says he’ll seek record fourth term as Idaho attorney general

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden tells the Idaho State Journal he’ll run for re-election next year.

“Every day is an interesting ride,” he told the Journal’s Jimmy Hancock. “And we are going to keep going. I intend to run for re-election.”

The Republican already holds the record for service as attorney general, having been elected in 2002, 2006 and 2010. Only two attorneys general have served as many as eight years, Republicans Jim Jones, 1983-1991, and Alan Lance, 1995-2003.

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No other Republican or Democrat has spoken publicly about running for AG next year. Wasden was unopposed in 2010, after winning with 58 percent of the vote in 2002 and 62 percent in 2006.

But Wasden, 55, has a far piece to go if he aims to break the record for service as a statewide elected official — the 36-year mark set by Republican Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa, who was appointed to fill a vacancy in 1967 and was elected in 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998.

No. 2 on the state’s longevity list is Auditor Joe Williams, a Democrat who was elected in 1958 and re-elected seven times before resigning in 1989. (The auditor’s post is now called “controller.”)

No. 3 is Treasurer Marjorie Ruth Moon, a Democrat elected six times, who served from 1963-87. Current GOP Treasurer Ron Crane has been elected four times but not formally announced his plans for 2014.

The record for longest-serving governor is held by Democrat Cecil Andrus, elected in 1970, 1974, 1984 and 1990. Andrus resigned midway through his third term to become U.S. Interior Secretary and was governor for 14 years. Gov. Bob Smylie served three-four year terms before losing in the 1966 Republican primary.

Now-Gov. Butch Otter holds the record for lieutenant governor, 14 years, winning four terms before resigning to become a member of the U.S. House in 2001. Otter, 71, says he’s running for a third term next year, which, if he wins and serves another four years would tie him with Smylie.

The last of the seven constitutional offices — superintendent of public instruction — has has had two men served four four-year terms, Democrat D.F. Engelking from 1959-1975 and Republican Jerry Evans, from 1979-1991. Current GOP Superintendent Tom Luna hasn’t made a formal announcement about 2014, but has said he plans to seek a third term.

 

 

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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