One of the first jobs for the Idaho Republican Party's next chairman will be to name a second-in-command.
Jonathan Parker, the Idaho Republican Party's executive director, is stepping down in June. Parker will join the Boise law firm Holland and Hart. Parker is not an attorney, and will not provide legal counsel; he will instead work in "government affairs services" for the firm.
State chairman Norm Semanko also is stepping down after the GOP convention in June.
Here is the GOP news release:
Jonathan Parker, executive director of the Idaho Republican Party has accepted a position with the law firm of Holland & Hart LLP in Boise, where he will provide government affairs services. Parker will make the transition following the Idaho Republican Party's state convention, which will be held in Twin Falls from June 21-23.
"Jonathan Parker has done an outstanding job in service to the Idaho Republican Party and is largely responsible for the success that we have enjoyed. We wish him well and have no doubt that he will excel in his future endeavors," said Idaho GOP Chairman Norm Semanko, who named Parker to the position in January 2009.
Previous to his time at the State GOP, Parker served as a congressional office district director, ran several high-profile campaigns, and worked as a lobbyist for various interests.
“It has been an honor to work with the wonderful people of the Idaho Republican Party,” stated Jonathan Parker. Parker continued, “The past three and a half years have been some of the most exciting years of my life, highlighted by the record 2010 elections and first-ever Idaho Republican Presidential Caucus, and I am grateful to Chairman Semanko and the executive committee for giving me the opportunity to serve the Idaho Republican Party.”
After the state convention, it will be the newly elected chairman's duty to appoint a new executive director, in consultation with the Party's statewide executive committee.
"The strength of our party — the grassroots, rank-and-file Republicans in every corner of the state — will continue to carry us forward as we welcome new leadership at State Party headquarters. The Idaho GOP is well-positioned to help elect our candidates’ statewide and increase our already strong majorities," Semanko concluded.