Former Idaho Secretary Of State Dies


By Brittany Cooper

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Former Idaho Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa has died after a battle with lung cancer.

The Associated Press is reporting that Cenarrusa died at his Boise home around 12 p.m. Sunday.

He was 95 and his wife of 66 years, Freda was at his side.

The Basque-American held state office in Idaho uninterrupted for more than five decades, before retiring in 2003.

Cenarrusa was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 1950 and served nine terms, including three terms as speaker.

Governor Don Samuelson appointed him Idaho Secretary of State in 1967, before being elected to a full term in 1970. He was re-elected seven times.

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