Idaho's top legislative leaders retain positions

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2018 file photo from left, Idaho Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, Idaho, House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, and Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, speak to the media at the State Capitol building in Boise, Idaho. The top legislative leaders have retained their positions for the upcoming legislative session. Republicans voted Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, to keep Rep. Scott Bedke as speaker of the House, a position the Oakley resident has held since 2012. Nampa Republican Rep. Brent Crane, who previously served as the assistant majority leader, unsuccessfully challenged Bedke for the top spot. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger,File)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The top legislative leaders in the Idaho Statehouse have retained their positions for the upcoming legislative session.

Republicans voted Wednesday night to keep Rep. Scott Bedke as speaker of the House, a position the Oakley resident has held since 2012. Nampa Republican Rep. Brent Crane, who previously served as the assistant majority leader, unsuccessfully challenged Bedke for the top spot.

The House Republicans also voted to retain Rep. Mike Moyle of Star as House Majority leader.

Nampa Republican Rep. Jason Monks will be assistant House majority leader, and Hammett Republican Rep. Megan Blanksma will be the majority caucus chairwoman.

In the Idaho Senate, Republican Sen. Brent Hill of Rexburg remains president pro-tem, along with Boise Republican Sen. Chuck Winder as majority leader, Dalton Gardens Sen. Steve Vick as assistant majority leader and Burley Sen. Kelly Anthon as majority caucus chair.

There were no challenges to the current Democratic leadership, with Ketchum Sen. Michelle Stennett remaining as Senate minority leader, Boise Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb as assistant minority leader and Sen. Maryanne Jordan of Boise as minority caucus chair. On the House side, Boise Rep. Mat Erpelding remains the house minority leader, Boise Rep. Ilana Ruble is assistant minority leader and Pocatello Rep. Elaine Smith is minority caucus chair.

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