Longtime Idaho House member Kitty Gurnsey passed away in Boise on Monday. She was 87.
Gurnsey represented Boise’s North End from 1975 to 1996, and the last Republican to hail from that district. She co-chaired the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee for 16 years.
Rep. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome and current co-chair of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, remembers being appointed to JFAC when Gurnsey was co-chair.
“I was so wet behind the ears when I was appointed in my sophomore year to JFAC. Just did not know what to expect,” Bell said Tuesday. “And she appeared to know everything, and I was just amazed.”