Erpelding statement. It has been the most significant professional honor of my life to serve District 19 and the state of Idaho for the last seven years.

As Elizabeth and I plan for our family’s future, it is clear that I need to advance my professional career (retirement will be here before I know it). Therefore, I submit my resignation effective at the end of the day on December 6, 2019. I am excited to join the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce where I will continue advocating for Idaho’s core economic needs.

I want to thank all of my legislative colleagues for the opportunity to serve with each of you. During my legislative career, I forged unexpected and lifelong friendships with many of you, even as we debated deeply divisive and challenging issues. I firmly believe the legislature is an “arena of ideas” presented by leaders with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and beliefs. And, that is what makes our system of government so unique and incredible. 

We best honor the wishes of our diverse state when we collaborate, merge ideas, and compromise. Unfortunately, Idaho’s political polarization is deeply disconcerting. I encourage my legislative colleagues to increase bipartisan efforts rather than kowtow to the extreme views being advocated on both ends of the spectrum. 

To my Democratic colleagues, thank you for the privilege of serving our caucus and our party as the House Democratic leader. District 19 is well-positioned with a myriad of qualified candidates capable of serving us well. I know whoever fills my seat will honor Idaho’s values and advance pragmatic solutions for our state’s challenges. 

Most importantly, thanks to all of my supporters who have volunteered for or contributed to my campaigns. I will donate my remaining campaign funds to Next Generation Leadership, Idaho, a group committed to empowering young leaders and improving Idaho’s political landscape. 

I am forever grateful to have had such an opportunity to serve with so many incredible people.

Speaker Scott Bedke statement on Erpelding resignation. “I would like to congratulate Rep. Erpelding on his appointment as the new Vice President of Government Affairs for the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce. I know Rep. Erpelding’s experience and abilities, as well as his love for the City of Boise, equip him to serve in this position ably and with dedication.  While I am personally happy that he has been afforded this new opportunity, I am also sorry he is leaving the House of Representatives. In his position as Minority Leader, he has proven to be an insightful and collaborative legislator.  We will miss him, but we wish him every success in his new position.”

District 19 Democratic Legislative Committee thanks Erpelding. Rep. Erpedling’s time as a representative for District 19 Seat A and House Democratic Leader has improved the lives of Idahoans across the state and his political leadership has elevated Democratic values and substantially helped our party.

“Rep. Erpelding played a vital role in activating Democratic engagement in District 19,” said Chrystal Allen, District 19 chair. “Many individuals who are currently active in Idaho Democratic politics were mentored by Representative Erpelding. District 19 voters and progressive leaders looked to Representative Erpelding’s leadership for guidance, advice, and mentorship. We wish Rep. Erpelding luck in his new endeavors as he pursues opportunities to better support his family. We thank him for his services and look forward to working with the amazing applicants that will come forward through this process.” 

Applications being accepted to fill open seat. Pursuant to statute (59-904A), the District 19 Democratic Legislative Committee is accepting applications to fill House Seat A. Prospective applicants must submit a resume and letter of intent detailing their vision for District 19. The application and supplemental questions can be found at https://idahodistrict19.com/

All applications and relevant materials must be submitted electronically, by December 11. The legislative district committee will review completed applications and hold in-person interviews beginning on December 14. A final list of three names will be submitted to Governor Little no later than December 21 as required by Idaho law. We look forward to interviewing applicants and providing the Governor with a robust list of qualified replacements.