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BOISE— Kelly Anthon is the Idaho Senate’s new caucus chairman, one of four powerful party leadership positions in the majority party, but don’t expect the appointment to change his politics.

“I am humbled to be selected by my Senate colleagues to serve on the leadership team, and I’m ready to go to work,” Anthon said. “My role in Senate leadership won’t change my overall goals. I want to do a good job for my constituents in the Mini-Cassia area and do what’s right for Idaho.”

Anthon was selected Jan. 8 during a four-way race for the position by senators throughout the state to serve in the role. He’ll fill the seat vacated by Sen. Todd Lakey, R-Nampa.

Anthon, who is also Rupert’s city administrator, is a seventh-generation Idaho native raised on a Declo family farm.

He is a licensed attorney and businessman and attended the University of Idaho’s College of Law where he served as the college student body president and was named the College of Law’s 2002 “Bistline Scholar” by the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

He is fluent in Japanese and has worked as an event coordinator and consultant for Japanese companies.

Anthon practiced law in Rupert until 2012 and served as the appointed city attorney for the cities of Rupert, Burley, Acequia and Minidoka.

During his appointment, he was the youngest city attorney appointed in Idaho.

Under his leadership Rupert has experienced historic economic growth including expanding annexed boundaries, business attraction and residential growth.

He was named one of Idaho’s 40 most accomplished professionals under the age of 40 in 2013 by the Times-News and the Idaho Business Review.

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He serves on boards with local and regional economic development organizations, hospitals and other organizations.

Anthon was appointed by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter in 2015 to fill a vacancy in the Idaho Senate, where he now serves on the Senate Judiciary & Rules and Education Committees. He was also appointed to represent the Senate as a member of the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission.

He was named one of 48 emerging leaders in the nation’s state legislatures by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation in 2016.

He is married to Joelle Rogers Anthon and they have five children.


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