Siddoway to retire


BOISE — State Sen. Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, announced Wednesday that he won’t seek reelection this year. He endorsed Rep. Van Burtenshaw, R-Terreton, to replace him.

“I have enjoyed serving the people of District 35 as well as the state of Idaho,” Siddoway said in a news release. “It is important we carry on the tradition of making sure our schools are well funded, our agricultural industry is taken care of and our natural resources are managed properly. I am confident the people of District 35 will select a great candidate to fill this seat.”

Siddoway has served 12 years in the Legislature. He serves as the chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee, considered the “leadership committee” in the Senate, which often deals with some of the most significant pieces of legislation each year.

A sheep rancher, Siddoway has made a name for himself with staunch support for wolf control efforts, support for agricultural policy and advocacy for low taxes. But he also staked out a strong position advocating increased teacher pay because his district borders Wyoming, and school districts in his area have had trouble retaining qualified teachers given much higher wages a short drive away.

District 35 encompasses Jefferson, Fremont, Butte and Clark counties.

Burtenshaw has represented the district since first winning election in 2014. At present, only he and Siddoway have filed candidacy paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office for the Senate race, so he is currently unopposed in the race.

Burtenshaw is currently registered both for the House and Senate race in District 35. Siddoway’s endorsement for the Senate seat was conditional, based on Burtenshaw’s final decision on which seat to seek.

Reporter Bryan Clark can be reached at 208-542-6751.