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Governor Otter being vetted for Agriculture Secretary

Posted at 12:11 PM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 14:11:19-05

A spokesman for Idaho Governor "Butch" Otter says he is being considered as a possible candidate for Agriculture Secretary in the Trump Administration.

Otter’s press secretary Jon Hanian confirmed Thursday the Republican governor is currently being vetted by President-elect Donald Trump's transition team. Hanian added he did not have any further information about other candidates or a time-frame about when a decision would be made.

Otter, 74, served as Trump's honorary Idaho campaign chair during the last few months leading up to the election -- after originally endorsing GOP Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

If selected, Otter would be the first agriculture secretary to be chosen from Idaho.

Otter was elected to a third term as governor in 2014, and has previously said that he would not run for a fourth term.

He was lieutenant governor for fourteen years before being elected to Congress in 2000.

(by Associated Press)