February 17, 2005

Congressman Butch Otter

Marcia Franklin talks with Rep. C.L. “Butch” Otter. Last November, Congressman Otter was re-elected to a third term representing Idaho’s 1st District. He also recently announced that he would be running to succeed Dirk Kempthorne as Idaho’s next governor.

Otter talks with Franklin about issues of national security and budgeting, as well as state concerns with which he would have to contend if elected governor in 2006.

Rep. Otter is a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the subcommittees on Trade and Consumer Protection, Energy and Air Quality, and Environment and Hazardous Materials.

A native of Caldwell, ID, Otter received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the College of Idaho (now Albertson College of Idaho). He served in the Idaho Army National Guard's 116th Armored Cavalry from 1968 to 1973. He was elected lieutenant governor of Idaho four times and also served in the Idaho House of Representatives for two terms.

In his business life, Congressman Otter served in a variety of positions with the Simplot Company over a period of 30 years.