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House Speaker Bedke announces run for Lt. Governor of Idaho

Posted at 10:41 AM, May 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-28 09:50:46-04

BOISE, Idaho — Scott Bedke, the current Speaker of the House, announced his candidacy for Lt. Governor Thursday morning. Former Gov. Butch Otter was at the announcement and said Bedke is a trusted and experienced leader who gets results.

Butch Otter

Bedke’s roots run deep in the state as a cattle rancher from Oakley.

He says he's proud of his pioneer roots and being from a small Idaho town is an asset.

“I was able to, what I thought, hit the ground running, but there was sure a lot of things to learn in the legislature, and I think I've learned those well. I think I can be a valuable asset for the state of Idaho,” Bedke said.

He served on the Oakley City Council and eventually elected Representative of District 27 in 2000.

Bedke was first elected Idaho House Speaker in 2012.

"Bureaucrats in Washington D.C. are launching an assault on Idaho's way of life. I promise to defend against the incursion by bringing my values of family, faith, and hard work to the Office of Lieutenant Governor," said Bedke. "As a proud constitutional conservative, I will continue to fight for cutting taxes, eliminating red tape, and making the right investments in education and transportation."

Rep. Priscilla Giddings announced her run for Lt. Governor last week. Current Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin has announced she is going for Governor.