Kate Kelly (Idaho politician)

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Kate Kelly
Member of the Idaho Senate
from the 18th district
In office
Preceded by Sheila A. Sorensen
Succeeded by Mitch Toryanski
Idaho Senate Minority Leader
In office
Preceded by Clint Stennett
Succeeded by Edgar J. Malepeai
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Residence Boise, Idaho
Alma mater George Mason University,
University of Idaho College of Mines,
University of Utah College of Law,
Boise State University,
Darden Graduate School of Business Administration
Profession lawyer

Kate Kelly was the Democratic Idaho State Senator from the Ada County-based District 18 from 2004 to 2010. In January 2009 she succeeded Senator Clint Stennett of Ketchum as Idaho Senate minority leader after Stennett's announcement that he would miss all of the 2009 legislative session while battling brain cancer.[1] She did not seek re-election in 2010 and cited financial restrictions as her reasoning for her retirement from public office.[2]

Kelly has stated that she raised approximately $80,000 in funding each time she campaigned for election and re-election.[3]

Kelly was previously the assistant minority leader in the Idaho Senate, Deputy Attorney General for the State of Idaho, and a senior manager at the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. In December, 2010 she became the Director of the Office of Ecosystems, Tribal & Public Affairs[4] at the Environmental Protection Agency's Region 10 office in Seattle.


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