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Former Idaho Governor Butch Otter named recipient of MSPC Elevation Award

Mountain States Policy Center (MSPC) – the region’s top source for free market policy and analysis – announced today the newest recipient of its Elevation Award, former Idaho Governor Butch Otter.

The Elevation Award is the highest honor of Mountain States Policy Center, given to those committed to advancing and elevating free market principles and ideas. Governor Otter will be honored at the Mountain States Policy Center Fall Dinner at the Boise Centre on October 6th.

“I’ve always believed that good policy is good politics,” said Otter. “I am humbled to receive this honor.”

Otter, 81, has a long history of public service, including serving four terms as Idaho’s lieutenant governor – longer than anyone in Idaho history. He previously represented the people of Canyon County in the Idaho House of Representatives for two terms, and also served three terms in Congress representing Idaho’s 1st District. From 2007-2019, Otter served as Idaho’s 32nd chief executive.

“Whether he was in Congress or the state house, Butch Otter was committed to putting free markets first,” said Chris Cargill, President of MSPC.

As a Congressman, Otter supported a balanced budget amendment. In both DC and Boise, he advocated for broad-based tax cuts and a reduction in the size and scope of government.

Governor Otter also demanded strong education accountability measures,” explained Cargill.

Previous recipients of the Elevation Award include Idaho Controller Brandon Woolf, Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen and Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

The Elevation Award will be presented to Governor Otter at MSPC’s Fall Dinner at the Boise Centre on October 6th. Former HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson and Wall Street Journal Columnist Kim Strassel will be keynote speakers. The event is open to the media, but members of the press are asked to RSVP to

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