Members of the Idaho Senate often stand on the last day of the session to give short closing or farewell remarks before the Senate adjourns for year. Typically it’s to thank or praise colleagues or staff, review the year’s achievements, or warm up their vocal cords in preparation for the annual singing of the official state song, “Here We Have Idaho.”
The Idaho Falls Republican is in his 10th term, eighth as majority leader, and is thought to be a candidate to be the next U.S. attorney in Idaho — though no one’s commenting, including Davis.
Martin, a Boise Republican, was circumspect, saying he rose “reluctantly” to “address maybe the elephant in the room.”
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“No one’s irreplaceable, but there’s always an exception to the rule,” he said. “I hope that we’re together this next year, but if we’re not, Sen. Davis, thank you.”
Davis, who as majority leader directs the daily flow of business and legislation on the Senate floor, was visibly moved after adjournment as colleagues came to his desk to shake hands or hug him.
But he wasn’t commenting on the rumor.
“My term doesn’t end till the end of next year, so yeah, I was planning on coming back,” he said guilelessly.
U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson, an appointee of Barack Obama, announced her departure in January before President Trump asked for all U.S. attorneys to submit their resignations. The office remains vacant.
U.S. attorneys are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, with local area senators providing recommendations. Representatives for Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch said Thursday the selection process for Olson’s successor was still underway and more than one candidate was being considered, with no timing set for a decision.
Davis, 62, works in commercial, business, real estate, and bankruptcy law. He is one of Idaho’s commissioners on the Uniform Law Commission, which drafts and promulgates legislation for states to promote uniformity across jurisdictions. He earned his law degree from the University of Idaho.