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Pete T. Cenarrusa Edit Profile

Secretary of State

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;Teacher high school, Carey and Glenns Ferry, Idaho., 1946;teacher vocational agriculture, VA, Blaine County, Idaho., 1946-1951;farmer, woolgrower, near, Carey, 1946-1995;member, Idaho House of Representatives, 1951-1967;speaker, Idaho House of Representatives, 1963-1967;secretary state, Idaho, 1967-1990, 91-. 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 Govts., since 1963.

Achievements

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

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