Rotunda at the Idaho State Capitol building on March 23, 2021. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)
Boise State University professor Carrie Semmelroth has been appointed to the District 17 Senate seat vacated by Sen. Ali Rabe, D-Boise, who moved to a different district, according to a press release from the governor’s office.
Gov. Brad Little announced the appointment on Wednesday afternoon. Rabe announced earlier this month that she purchased a new home outside of her district, but would run for the seat vacated by Sen. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, in District 16. Burgoyne is not running for re-election.
Semmelroth, a Democrat, will serve in Rabe’s seat for the remainder of her term, which expires at the end of 2022.
When a legislative seat is vacated mid-term, the political party of the legislator who left the seat submits recommendations for replacement to the governor for consideration, the release stated.
According to records from the Idaho Secretary of State’s office, Semmelroth previously ran for office in 2014 in the Democratic primary for the House seat in District 17. She lost to incumbent Rep. John Gannon, D-Boise.
Semmelroth is a professor in the College of Education at Boise State University with a doctorate in education and a focus on special education. She also holds a master’s degree in special education and a bachelor’s degree in sociology, both from Boise State.
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