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C.L. “Butch” Otter has been a fixture of Idaho politics since 1973 when he was elected to his first term in the state House of Representatives.Otter was elected to his third-consecutive term as governor on Nov. 4, 2014. He was elected to his second term as Idaho governor on Nov. 2, 2010. Otter first became Idaho's governor on Nov. 7, 2006.Gov. Otter was at the helm during the peak of the Great Recession and it was his administration that oversaw the cutting of the state budget, record unemployment, and a boom in the number of people using government assistance.Otter spoke with StateImpact Idaho back in 2012 about that recession and its lasting impact on Idaho's workforce.Governor Otter: Every Generation Deals with Joblessness and We Live Through ItA Brief BiographyOtter, a Republican, is the longest serving lieutenant governor of Idaho, his tenure spanned from 1987-2000. In 2000 he was then elected to the United States Congress and served until 2006.According to the Washington Post, Otter voted with his party most of the time, 86 percent, but has been known to have an independent streak on some issues.“He was among three Republicans in the House to vote against the USA Patriot Act in 2001 and he later sponsored a bill to repeal parts of it. But independent streaks are sometimes tolerated in a state that would rather not be told what to do by the federal government.” - William Yardley, New York TimesOtter was born on May 3, 1942 in Caldwell, Idaho. He attended St. Teresa’s Academy in Boise and graduated from Boise Junior College (now Boise State University) with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1967.After college, Otter joined the Idaho National Guard and served in the 116th Armored Calvary until 1973.Butch Otter is married to his second wife, Lori. He has four children and several grandchildren.

Gov. Otter Open To Idaho Taking Over Private Prison Management

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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says he is open to ideas from lawmakers and others on whether the state should take over operations of its troubled private prison.

Otter told the Spokesman-Review Tuesday he is open to a broad discussion on the future of the Idaho Correctional Center near Boise.

For years, the state has paid Corrections Corporation of America to run the lockup. But CCA's management has spurred a series of problems — from excessive inmate violence to an investigation into alleged contract fraud.

Last week, CCA announced it would not bid on the next operating contract when the current one expires next year.

Otter has been a longtime supporter of private prisons, and in 2008 suggested letting companies build lockups in Idaho to house inmates from other states.