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Pete T. Cenarrusa

Pete T. Cenarrusa was American state official. Achievements include serving longer than any constitutional official elected in Idaho concluding with 50 years on 12/1/00. Named Honorary Farmer Future Farmers American, 1955; inductee Agricultural Hall of Fame, 1973, Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame, 1976, Basque Hall of Fame, 1983, Idaho Hall of Fame, 1998; recipient American Century award for Idaho Washington Times Foundation.

Background

  • Cenarrusa, Pete T. was born on December 16, 1917 in Carey, Idaho, United States. Son of Joseph and Ramona (Gardoqui) Cenarrusa.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, University Idaho, 1940.

    Career

    • Teacher high school, Cambridge, Idaho, 1940-1941, Carey and Glenns Ferry, 1946. Teacher vocational agriculture VA, Blaine County, 1946-1951. Farmer, woolgrower, near Carey, 1946-1995.

      Member Idaho House of Representatives, 1951-1967, speaker, 1963-1967. Secretary state of Idaho, 1967—1990, 1991—2002. Member Idaho Board Land Commissioners, Idaho Board Examiners.

      President Idaho Flying Legislators, 1953-1963. Chairman Idaho Legislation Council, since 1964, Idaho Government Reorganization Committee. Idaho delegate Council State Governments, since 1963.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include serving longer than any constitutional official elected in Idaho concluding with 50 years on 12/1/00.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Membership

    Elected official, member Bureau of Land Management Advisory Council, Boise District. Republican administrator Hall of Fame, 1978. Senior member State Board Land Commissioners, 1967-1996.

    Dean Nations Secretaries of State, since 1967. Major United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1942-1946, 52-58. Member Blaine County Livestock Marketing Association, Idaho Wool Growers Association (chairman 1954), Carey Chamber of Commerce (president 1952), University Idaho Alumni Association, Gamma Sigma Delta, Tau Kappa Epsilon.

    Connections

    • Married Freda B. Coates, October 25, 1947. 1 son, Joe Earl (deceased).
    • father: Joseph Cenarrusa
    • mother: Ramona (Gardoqui) Cenarrusa
    • spouse: Freda B. Coates
    Pete T. Cenarrusa
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    Born December 16, 1917
    Nationality
    • 1940
      University Idaho
    • 1940 - 1941
      Teacher, high school
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1946
      Teacher, high school
    • 1946 - 1951
      teacher, vocational agriculture Veterans Administration
    • 1946 - 1995
      farmer
    • 1951 - 1967
      member, Idaho House of Representatives
    • 1963 - 1967
      member, Idaho House of Representatives
    • 1967 - 1990
      secretary, state of Idaho
    • 1991 - 2002
      secretary, state of Idaho
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