'Youngest lawmaker' claim prompts history lesson

'Youngest lawmaker' claim prompts history lesson

Nate Murphy

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 12:31 AM

BOISE -- A news story on Sunday saying a candidate for the Legislature would become Idaho's youngest-ever lawmaker prompted a history lesson.

If Nate Murphy of Pocatello is elected in District 29 in November, the 22-year-old would become a young lawmaker, just not the youngest.

The Idaho secretary of state erroneously told The Associated Press the titleholder was former Rep. Branden Durst of Boise, just 26 when elected.

But there are others who were more youthful.

Former Sen. Jim Yost was 24 when elected in 1972.

And in 1951, Herman J. McDevitt joined the House at 22.

McDevitt, a law student at the time, left his legacy in the mid-1960s by spearheading a lawsuit to force Idaho to adopt legislative districts that gave voters more-equal representation.

McDevitt, a Democrat, died in 1988.

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