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Longtime Idaho senator ends 19-year legislative career

Posted: 1:03 PM, Jan 30, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-30 15:03:13-05

BOISE, Idaho — Longtime Idaho Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill of Rexburg announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election.

“It has not been an easy decision, but after prayerful deliberation with family and friends, I am announcing my intent not to seek reelection to the Idaho Legislature this year,” he wrote in a letter to the media.

“When my current term concludes next November, I will have served in the Idaho State Senate for nineteen years, more than half of that time as Senate President Pro Tempore. It has been an incredible experience and I will always treasure my time serving the people of Idaho,” Hill wrote.

Hill said he served under four governors and with 111 state senators over the years, along with thousands of state employees, legislative advisors, journalists and other Idaho citizens serving the public.

“(My wife) Julie and I do have plans for our future, not the least of which will be to more fully enjoy our twenty grandchildren spread across three states. She has been my support, my advisor and my friend, and I joyfully look forward to the future we will share,” he said.

“Throughout my years of service, a primary goal has been to increase citizens’ trust and confidence in our government. In many ways, governments here and abroad have weakened the faith of those they govern; but I am proud of the many achievements my colleagues and I have accomplished over the past two decades. Idaho is headed in the right direction. I will continue to work hard throughout the remainder of my term, and I am extremely optimistic that Idaho will continue to promote family values, prosperity, and freedom,” he stated.

Hill attended Brigham Young University-Idaho, and graduated from Utah State University in Logan, Utah, where he holds a degree in accounting.

For more than twenty years, Hill has been the CEO of Rudd and Company, an accounting firm. Hill is a CPA and certified financial planner.