Mark Harris will fill the vacancy created when Gov. Butch Otter appointed former Sen. John Tippets of Montpelier to be the director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.
Harris was selected from a group of nominees submitted by the District 32 Republican Legislative Central Committee. Harris will serve out the remainder of Tippets’ term. The other nominees were Larry Oja and Scott Workman.
“Mark brings with him some valuable experiences gained while working in Idaho agriculture and serving on various voluntary boards and committees,” said Otter in a news release. “While he has some big shoes to fill, I am quite confident that Senator Harris will live up to those expectations.”
Harris is a member of the Board of Directors for the Idaho Cattle Association and a member of the Idaho Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. He also serves as a trustee for Bear Lake Memorial Hospital and is a member of the Bear Lake County Planning and Zoning Committee. Fluent in Spanish, Harris received his BA in Political Science in 1998 from Utah State University.
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“I am humbled and thankful to the District 32 Republican Central Committee for their nomination and honored to be selected by Governor Otter,” said Harris. “I look forward to working with him and other legislators, as I represent the great people of district 32.”
Harris and his wife, Cheryl, live on a ranch south of Soda Springs and have four children.