Idaho State Senator Bert Brackett will not seek re-election after next session. The longtime legislator made the announcement Tuesday morning.
Republican Senator Brackett has represented District 23 since 2008 and served two terms in the Idaho House of Representatives beforehand. The senate district covers the western part of Twin Falls County, all the way to the state’s border with Oregon. Before that, he served two terms in the Idaho House of Representatives.
A rancher, Brackett was the Chairman of the Transportation Committee and Vice Chairman of the Resources and Environment Committee.
The 74-year-old said in a press release it was time to step down.
“I have great respect for those who know when it is time to step aside," he wrote. "I know that time for me is now.”
Mark Rhatigan, who challenged Brackett in 2018, is throwing his hat in the ring again for the seat.
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