BOISE -- Republican Lawerence Denney will replace outgoing Ben Ysursa as Idaho's secretary of state.

Denney defeated House freshman and Democratic challenger Holli Woodings in Tuesday's general election.

Woodings says of Denney, "He ran a good campaign and the people of Idaho have spoken."

The position oversees Idaho's election process and business registrations. The secretary of state also serves on the five-member Idaho Land Board, which oversees 2.5 million acres of Idaho land to benefit state public schools.

Denney comes with nearly 20 years of political experience, serving as Idaho's former House speaker and majority leader.

He is a proponent of Idaho's closed Republican primary election system and has said he would like to take greater measures in preventing voter fraud in Idaho.

Meanwhile Woodings says she will use her energy to get Idahoan more involved in civic life.