Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has appointed a veteran of the Idaho State Police and U.S. Marshall's Office to be the new representative for Boise District 15 in the Idaho House.
Patrick McDonald will fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former Republican Rep. Mark Patterson.
The 67-year-old McDonald grew up in Burley, graduated from Idaho State University and was a member of the Idaho State Police for 33 years before becoming a U.S. marshal for Idaho during the George W. Bush administration.
“The citizens of District 15 deserve the chance for continuity and someone of unquestioned integrity representing them in the Idaho House. Pat McDonald ably provides those qualities, as well as a lifetime of service and a focus on the public’s safety and wellbeing,” said Otter. “It’s important that he wants to keep serving in the Legislature beyond this term. More importantly, I trust him to serve District 15 and all of Idaho with character, honesty, and great distinction.”
McDonald was chosen from a list of three nominees—the other two being Rod Beck and Sam Hoagland—that were submitted by the District 15 GOP Legislative Committee.
McDonald will serve out the remainder of the term in the Idaho House and will seek the Republican nomination to fun for the seat for a full term in the May 20 primary election.