When you spend substantial time in Bannock County, moving to Cassia County is a shock to one's system. I spent two years in Declo, Idaho wondering where the Democrats were and with representation in that area consisting of Scott Bedke (R-Oakley), Denton Darrington (R-Declo), Dean Cameron (R-Rupert), and Newcomb, moving back to Bannock County was awesome!
The Times-News says:
Newcomb, R-Burley, said he won't seek re-election after serving 20 years in the Idaho House, eight of them as the leader of that body. Newcomb has served the longest of any Idaho House speaker.
"This place and these people are like home and family to me. I met my wife here, and some of my best friends in the world," Newcomb said. "It's going to be hard to go, but it's time to get back to the ranch and leave the heavy lifting to younger backs."
Newcomb, 66, is married to Celia Gould, a former state representative from Buhl. He is a farmer and rancher who was chosen as speaker in 1998 after his predecessor, Mike Simpson, was elected to Congress.
Well, good riddance Speaker Newcomb. And thanks for never responding to any of my letters and emails!