Pete T. Cenarrusa, former Idaho secretary of state, stands Friday Nov. 29, 2003 in front of a restored Corsair airplane on display at the Warhawk Air Museum at the Nampa Airport. Cenarrusa flew a Corsair while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II. The aircraft is on display at the museum until spring 2004.
Retiring Secretary of State Pete T. Cenarrusa and his wife, Freda, share a laugh over a joke by Idaho State Treasurer Ron Crane at Cenarrusa's retirement reception held Monday Dec. 17, 2002 in the Capitol rotunda. Cenarrusa, who also celebrated his 85th birthday on the same day, is leaving office after more than 50 years of public service. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1950.
Secretary of State Pete T. Cenarrusa has been in office for 30 years - the longest time a state office has been held. Cenarrusa, a WWII fighter pilot, has a model of an F4U Corsair hanging from his ceiling which is the plane that he once flew. April 15, 1997.
Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa shares a laugh with Mayor Brent Coles after Coles presented him with a plaque as a "thank you" for his service at a celebration recognizing him for his 30 years at the Capitol Rotunda Thursday, May 1, 1997.
Pete Cenarrusa and his wife, Freda Cenarrusa, share a laugh in the kitchen of their Blaine County home in June of 2000. She runs the computer and the business of the ranch while he supervises the shepherds and the stock.
Longtime Land Board member and Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa; was on the board that voted unanimously to sell the parcel of land where the Table Rock cross had been since 1956 to the Jaycees in 1972. "It was such a noble cause, and a worthy cause," Cenarrusa said. Dec. 5, 1999.
Pete Cenarrusa, who first ran for the Legislature in 1950 and has not lost an election since, is known to most Idahoans as the secretary of state. But at heart, he is a sheep rancher. "I like it out here," he said of his Carey ranch. "To me, this is home." Still, the 82-year-old Cenarrusa is about to sell his ranch, and make this his last term in office. June 18, 2000.
Pete Cenarrusa is quick with a smile, especially discussing his passion for his sheep ranch. As a young man learning the trade, he watched as 75 sheep plunged to their death. In the decades since, he's become a master sheepherder, his peers say. June 18, 2000.
Joe Engle, left, and Gene Cernan, center, look over a collection of 30-year-old photographs with Idaho's Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa at the Craters of the Moon National Monument Saturday, May 22, 1999 in Pocatello, Idaho. The astronauts were on hand to commemorate the 75th anniversary of National Monument designation for Craters of the Moon. Prior to their Apollo moon mission the astronauts had done geological studies at the location. Cernan was the last astronaut to walk on the moon. (AP Photo/Bill Schaefer)
Retiring Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa strolls past a portrait of himself during Monday's retirement and birthday party at the Idaho Statehouse Dec. 17, 2002.
Pete Cenarrusa served in the Idaho Legislature for 16 years, including six years as House Speaker, after first being elected in 1950. He was appointed as Secretary of State by Governor Don Samuelson to fill a vacancy and then elected to the office in 1970. He was reelected seven times before retiring in 2002. Feb. 4, 2010.
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Pete Cenarrusa, a long-time lawmaker in Idaho, talks about his days in the Idaho legislature in 1965 and getting support for a sales tax bill at his Boise home Feb. 4, 2010. A new book Bizkaia to Boise: Memoirs of Pete T. Cenarrusa by Quane Kenyon documents a half century of Cenarrusa's personal stories and insights into the political landscape of Idaho.
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Dialogue is one of Idaho Public Television's long-running, home-produced television shows. Al Hagenlock, producer/director, works on a show featuring former Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa and moderator Joan Cartan-Hansen Jan. 15, 2010. The governor has proposed cutting state funding to IPTV.
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