State Politics

Longtime Boise lawmaker to retire

Boise Democratic Rep. Phylis King, at right, will retire from the Legislature in 2018. King is endorsing Brooke Green, at center, to replace her.
Boise Democratic Rep. Phylis King, at right, will retire from the Legislature in 2018. King is endorsing Brooke Green, at center, to replace her. csewell@idahostatesman.com

After six terms in the Idaho Legislature, state Rep. Phylis King, D-Boise, will retire from public office at the end of next year.

During a press conference on Wednesday, King and her fellow members of the all-Democratic District 18 delegation — Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking and Rep. Ilana Rubel — announced they are endorsing Brooke Green for King’s seat in the 2018 election.

“She is young, she is energetic, she is smart and she works well with others,” King said. “I would really like to see her win and take my seat.”

King currently serves on the House budget, commerce and transportation committees. Upon retiring, she said, she will still stay involved with the community and politics by helping out with unspecified ballot initiatives. She plans to spend time pursuing two of her passions —photography and gardening.

This is Green’s first run for public office. During the past two legislative sessions, she has served as a substitute for Rubel whenever Rubel was unable to attend.

“(Green’s) work ethic is bar none,” Rubel said.

“Thank you for the tremendous amount of years you put into District 18. They are certainly going to be some big shoes to fill,” Green told King.

“I’ve seen this district grow. I have seen what it has become,” said Green, who grew up spending her summers in Southeast Boise and has lived there since 1998.

Green, 37, is a transportation planner with the Ada County Highway District.

“I have spent the last 10 years of my career in the field of transportation,” Green said. She said she has a deep understanding of the transportation issues facing the state’s urban and rural areas, along with the state’s need for infrastructure improvements.

“For some reason in Idaho, we still cannot figure out a funding source to address that very issue,” she said.

As the wife of a veteran and law enforcement officer, Green said she also will bring those perspectives to the Statehouse.

“I am passing the baton to a very qualified person,” King said. “This will make a great team.”

Cynthia Sewell: 208-377-6428, @CynthiaSewell

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