BOISE -- Gov. Butch Otter has appointed a former U.S. marshal and Idaho State Police officer to fill the vacancy in the Idaho House of Representatives created by the resignation of Boise Rep. Mark Patterson.

Patrick McDonald, 67, was among three nominees submitted to the governor last Friday by the District 15 Republican Legislative Committee. He will serve out the remainder of Patterson s legislative term and plans to seek the Republican nomination for the seat in the May 20 primary election.

Patterson quit amid calls from his own party for him to step down.

That's after Patterson's guilty plea in a 39-year-old rape case in Florida emerged publicly when Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney revoked the freshman lawmaker's concealed weapons permit.

Raney said Patterson didn't disclose the rape case on his weapons-permit applications, grounds for it to be revoked.

The other Republican nominees were former state Sen. Rod Beck and Sam Hoagland.

The citizens of District 15 deserve the chance for continuity and someone of unquestioned integrity representing them in the Idaho House. Pat McDonald ably provides those qualities, as well as a lifetime of service and a focus on the public s safety and well being, Otter said in a prepared statement. It s important that he wants to keep serving in the Legislature beyond this term. More importantly, I trust him to serve District 15 and all of Idaho with character, honesty, and great distinction.

McDonald grew up in Burley and has bachelor s and master s degrees from Idaho State University. He was a member of the Idaho State Police for 33 years. McDonald was U.S. Marshal for Idaho during the George W. Bush administration.

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