Longtime Boise political leader leaving public service

Posted at 3:25 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 17:32:46-05

BOISE, Idaho — Senate Minority Caucus Chair and former Boise City Council member Maryanne Jordan is leaving public service.

In a statement released to the media Thursday via the Idaho Joint Democratic Caucus, Jordan wrote:

“I’ve spent the past 25 years in some form of public service. I’ve been honored to serve in several capacities, most recently here in the Senate. I have put everything I have into this service. But the list of things that I am missing is getting too long. Today, I announce that I will not seek re-election to the Senate.

“This is the right time to move on to life’s adventures. I’m pretty sure I’ll never look back on my life and say, “Gee, I wish I’d gone to more meetings.” I want to spend more than two days with friends and family without having to run home for the next commitment. I want to read more books and fewer reports. When it’s time, you know it; and for me, it’s time.

“I’m grateful for the honor of representing my constituents, for the support I have received, and the opportunity to contribute to the debate on important issues like health care, property taxes and equal rights for all Idahoans.

“I’m excited to also announce today that Ali Rabe has agreed to step forward and run for this seat. Ali is a quintessential Idaho story. Born in Boise and raised in Middleton, she graduated summa cum laude from The College of Idaho and cum laude from William and Mary School of Law. After working in the government and nonprofit sector for several years, she returned home to serve as the executive director of Jesse Tree, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing homelessness. Ali represents the generational change we need to see in the legislature, and I’m thrilled that she is stepping forward.”

The Boise City Council Chambers on the third floor is Boise City Hall is named for Jordan, in honor of her years of service to the city.