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Idaho House GOP ousts majority leader mid-session

Former House Majority Leader Megan Blanksma speaking to a colleague on the House floor.
James Dawson
Boise State Public Radio
House Republicans ousted their majority leader, Rep. Megan Blanksma (R-Hammett), left, Thursday. An election to fill the vacancy is expected Monday, Feb. 12.

Idaho House Republicans ousted their majority leader, Rep. Megan Blanksma (R-Hammett), Thursday.

"To say that I am disappointed by today’s outcome would be an understatement," Blanksma said in a text message.

"It is our responsibility as elected officials to be vocal and express apprehensions over critical policy that will have major impacts on our state. While I am no longer Majority Leader, tomorrow is a new day and I look forward to continuing to diligently work for District 8 and the people of Idaho," she wrote.

Tensions within the caucus have simmered over from behind the scenes in recent days over a new budgeting strategy that’s supposed to separate basic operating costs and requests for new spending into distinct bills.

Earlier this week, Blanksma sided with critics of that strategy — the only member of Republican leadership to do so.

House lawmakers also unanimously reaffirmed their support for Speaker Mike Moyle (R-Star) in a vote Thursday, and retained two other members of GOP leadership.

“Rep. Blanksma is very passionate about the betterment of Idaho and will continue to bring forth important policy for her constituents,” House Majority Caucus Chair Dustin Manwaring wrote in a statement.

“Please be assured that the House Republican Caucus is still focused on the needs and concerns of the people of Idaho,” Manwaring said.

The press release didn’t offer any insight as to Blanksma’s ouster.

Her colleagues elected her as majority leader in Dec. 2022. Before that, she served as House Majority Caucus Chair.

A new House majority leader is expected to be elected Monday.

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