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Idaho House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding Leaves Legislature For Private Sector

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Idaho House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding announced he’s leaving his post to move to the private sector. His departure leaves open two positions: one for his seat and one for the leadership position.


Erpelding was elected to represent the North End’s District 19 in 2012 and became Minority leader in 2016. He says the career change is all about family.

“I have a two-year-old who I care deeply for and a wonderful wife and a loving family and the reality is the time has come to focus on ensuring our security for our future," Erpedling said.

He’s accepted a job at the Boise MetroChamber as the Vice President of Government and Community Relations.

The District 19 Democratic Legislative Committee has two weeks to present the names of three possible successors to Governor Brad Little who will replace him in the house.

As for the leadership position, College Of Idaho Political Economics professor Jasper LiCalzi speculates South Boise Representative Illana Rubel could be the minority party’s choice.

“Very intelligent, I’ve talked to her many times, very knowledgeable, very hard working," LiCalzi said. "She’s, I think, a perfect person to take over for Mat. I think it will be a seamless change."

Erpelding’s resignation is official Friday.

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