LeFavour, Idaho's only openly gay lawmaker, to exit Legislature
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's only openly gay lawmaker plans to quit the Legislature after eight years.
Sen. Nicole LeFavour of Boise announced that she won't run again in November on Friday.
The Democrat, whose four terms included House and Senate stints, championed protections for Idaho's poor and disabled Medicaid recipients.
She's also known for her work, ultimately unsuccessful, to add protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals to the Idaho Human Rights Act, including a failed measure this year.
LeFavour cited personal reasons, saying she won't ask her partner, Carol, to endure another difficult Legislature.
LeFavour hopes she's replaced in the Legislature by another openly gay member.
She says it's critical to have an openly gay member in the House or Senate, so they can help remind others of Idaho's diverse interests.