Boise – Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today offered his congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama, Senator-elect Jim Risch and Congressman-elect Walt Minnick on their election victories. Crapo noted the historic significance of the presidential election and pledged to Idahoans that he will continue to work in an effective manner to represent their interests on Capitol Hill.
“President-elect Obama has brought a lot of energy into the political process, and his election is historic,” Crapo said. “As we face the significant challenges in our financial markets and economic outlook, I look forward to working with him and the new Congress. Idaho’s congressional delegation has changed as well, and I welcome Jim Risch and Walt Minnick to Congress. Senator-elect Risch and I have a long association that dates back to the Idaho State Senate, and we will work well together in representing Idaho in the U.S. Senate. I have also spoken privately with Congressman Sali, offered my gratitude for his service to Idaho and our continued friendship. And earlier today, I visited with Congressman-elect Minnick by phone and have assured him of my strong commitment to welcome him to the Delegation as we address the issues confronting Idaho and the nation. I have long practiced an open door, bipartisan approach and that will continue as Walt becomes a member of the Idaho congressional delegation. “