Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Jan. 28 appointed Regina Bayer, R-Meridian, to replace her son, Cliff Bayer, in the Idaho Senate.

The two-year term will expire after the 2020 election.

Cliff Bayer, R-Meridian, left the Senate earlier in January to work as chief of staff for recently elected U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher, R-Idaho, in Washington, D.C.

Bayer, who was in his third term, served on the Senate Agricultural Affairs and the Resources and Environment committees, and was vice chairman of the Local Government and Taxation Committee.

Regina Bayer will serve on the Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee as well as the Health and Welfare Committee. She owns a small business, has more than 30 years of experience as a real estate agent and broker, and is a former president of Boise Regional Realtors.

Sen. Jim Guthrie, R-Inkom, was appointed to replace Cliff Bayer on the Senate Resources and Environment Committee, said committee secretary Jamie Skrypkun.

Sen. C. Scott Grow, R-Eagle, is the new vice chairman of the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee, which at times deals with with agricultural land policy.

Sens. Don Cheatham, R-Post Falls, and Todd Lakey, R-Nampa, were named to the committee earlier because of Bayer’s departure, and some other changes in assignments as the legislative session began, committee secretary Carol Waldrip said.

field reporter, SW Idaho and SE Oregon

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