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Rep. Troy to take government relations post at University of Idaho

By: - May 26, 2022 4:06 pm
Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy

Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy, R-Genesee, stands on the House floor at the Idaho Capitol on Jan. 17, 2022. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy, R-Genesee, has accepted a position lobbying for the University of Idaho and will appoint a substitute legislator to finish the remainder of her final term in office, which expires at the end of the year.

Troy was named special assistant to the president for state and government relations, University of Idaho officials announced in a press release. Troy begins the new position July 1, and will succeed Joe Stegner, a former state senator who is retiring from his current post as the university’s state and government affairs lobbyist. 

Troy is a University of Idaho graduate who served four terms in the Idaho House of Representatives. She did not seek re-election this year. Troy first worked for the University of Idaho in 1995, when she worked in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She served as executive director of development until leaving the university in 2007.

Troy’s new role will include driving legislative strategy, building and sustaining relationships and representing University of Idaho President C. Scott Green in governmental relations. 

“This opportunity brings me full circle,” Troy said in a written statement released by the university. “I am proud to rejoin the Vandal family and bring the experiences and knowledge I gained in my years in the Legislature. Education is incredibly important to our state and this position has a direct impact on education funding and support.”

Troy, who served on the Idaho Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, will work with legislators and state staff in her new role. 

“The experience Caroline brings is invaluable,” Green said in a written statement. “She not only understands how the Legislature works, but her leadership on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee brings added insight. She is a Vandal who brings passion for and deep understanding of our university.”



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Clark Corbin
Clark Corbin

Clark Corbin has more than a decade of experience covering Idaho government and politics. He has covered every Idaho legislative session since 2011 gavel-to-gavel. Prior to joining the Idaho Capital Sun he reported for the Idaho Falls Post Register and Idaho Education News. His reporting in Idaho has helped uncover a multimillion-dollar investment scam and exposed inaccurate data that school districts submitted to the state.