Idaho Speaker New Vice President of NCSL

Mon, 2019-10-21

By NCSL

Representative Scott Bedke Was Elected to the Post at Fall Executive Committee Meeting

Denver—House Speaker Scott Bedke (R-Idaho) has been elected vice president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization serving the nation’s 7,383 state lawmakers and legislative staff.

Speaker Bedke assumed the office of NCSL vice president on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Fall Executive Committee meeting.

The Idaho speaker will serve one year as vice president, ascend to president-elect the following year, and become NCSL’s president at the Legislative Summit in 2021. NCSL’s presidency alternates between parties every year. Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) is NCSL’s current president and Hawaii House Speaker Scott Saiki (D) is president-elect.

“I have become increasingly impressed with the leadership NCSL has shown in developing programs to enhance our effectiveness as legislators,” Bedke said. “I am eager to contribute to NCSL’s continued success and shape its future direction.”

Idaho Governor Brad Little (R) said he is confident in Bedke’s ability to serve in the leadership position. “Scott is a natural leader who possesses the temperament and will to achieve consensus on the most difficult, divisive issues facing our state,” Little said. “He is truly the greatest of public servants.”

Bedke has served in the Idaho House of Representatives for 10 terms and has served as speaker of the House since December 2012. He has been an active member of NCSL, serving on the Executive Committee and various subcommittees before running to be the NCSL vice president.

Speaker Bedke is a fourth-generation rancher in Oakley, Idaho.  He graduated from Oakley High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.

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NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.