Democrats select 2023 leadership, Wintrow to lead Senate minority
Democratic members of the Idaho Legislature selected their party leaders on Tuesday with some changes before the 2023 Legislative Session.
Sen. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, replaces Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, as Senate Minority Leader after Stennett did not seek reelection.
Rep. James Ruchti, D-Pocatello, who was elected to the Senate in November, was elected Assistant Minority Leader.
Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking, D-Boise, was elected Minority Caucus Chair, a position she has held since 2020.
In the House, Rep. Ilana Rubel, D-Boise, holds her position as House Minority Leader, as does Rep. Lauren Necochea, D-Boise, the Assistant Minority Leader.
Rep. Ned Burns, D-Bellevue, was elected as Minority Caucus Chair for the first time, replacing Rep. Sally Toone, D-Gooding, who did not run for reelection.
Republican members of the Legislature will select their party leaders Wednesday evening in a private caucus, including a new Speaker of the House.
All lawmakers will be sworn in Thursday at the capitol.