A week after lawmaker resigned to campaign, her replacement is named

Newly appointed Rep. Margie Gannon, D-St. Maries.
Newly appointed Rep. Margie Gannon, D-St. Maries.

Update: On Feb. 23, Lt. Gov. Brad Little appointed Margie Gannon, of St. Maries, to replace former Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer. Gannon earlier this month served as a substitute for Jordan, who took a leave of absence to work on her campaign for governor. Little is serving as acting governor while Gov. Butch Otter is in Washington, D.C.

Here's a previous report on Jordan's resignation:

State Rep. Paulette Jordan made it official Feb. 15, submitting her letter of resignation from the Idaho Legislature.

Jordan, a two-term Plummer Democrat, faces Boise businessman A.J. Balukoff in the May gubernatorial primary and resigned from the House to spend more time campaigning.

It has been an on-again, off-again decision for Jordan. She initially wanted to resign her legislative seat, while delaying the effective date until the governor appointed her replacement. A closer reading of state law determined that wasn’t possible. So last Friday she named St. Maries City Councilor Margie Gannon as her substitute, beginning Monday.

However, the section of Idaho code that allows for substitutes is meant to address temporary absences, and Jordan planned to be out the whole session.

As of Thursday morning, Jordan’s seat is vacant and awaits the appointment of a replacement by Gov. Butch Otter. The 5th District Democratic Central Committee now has 15 days to name three possible replacements. That list will go to Otter, who has another 15 days to choose a replacement.