Marilyn Howard is confirmed dead at the age of 81.
Marilyn was best known as a American politician.
Marilyn Howard
23rd Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction
In office
January 4, 1999[1] – 2007
Preceded byAnne C. Fox
Succeeded byTom Luna
Personal details
Bornc. 1938–1939
DiedJuly 13, 2020
Eagle, Idaho, United Statse
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)1[2]
Children2[2]
Alma materUniversity of Idaho (BA; MA)
Brigham Young University (Ed.D)
Idaho State University
Marilyn Howard (c. 1938–1939 – July 13, 2020) was an American politician from Idaho who served as the 23rd Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1999 to 2007. She is the most recent member of the Democratic Party to hold statewide office in Idaho.
Contents
1 Early life
2 Career
2.1 Education
2.2 Politics
3 Later life
4 Electoral history
5 References
Early life
In 1960, Howard graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Idaho and later with a master's degree in 1966. In 1896, she graduated with a doctorate in education from Brigham Young University. She completed postgraduate work at Idaho State University.
Career
Education
In 1960, Howard became a history and language arts teacher in Lewiston, Idaho. In 1988, she became the principal of the West Park Elementary School in Moscow, Idaho. In 1992, she became the supervisor of the Moscow school district’s developmental preschool.
Politics
In 1997, Howard announced that she would seek the Democratic nomination for Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction and defeated Wally Hedrick in the Democratic primary. In the general election she defeated incumbent Republican Superintendent Anne C. Fox. On January 29, 2002, she announced that she would seek reelection and won in the general election after defeating Republican nominee Tom Luna.
In 2000, Howard was listed as the 26th most influential Idahoan. In 2002, she was lsited as the 12th most influential Idahoan. During her tenure she and Governor Dirk Kempthorne attempted to create a position in the state Department of Education to oversee the education of Native American students, but the Idaho Legislature voted against it. However, the position would be later created by Tom Luna in 2007. In December 2006, she was criticized for distributing $120,098 in merit bonuses to 135 of her employees.
On October 25, 2005, Howard announced that she would not seek reelection. When she left office in 2007 she was the last member of the Democratic Party to hold statewide office in Idaho.
Later life
In 2006, Howard underwent surgery for breast cancer. On July 13, 2020, Howard died in Eagle, Idaho at age 81.
Electoral history
1998 Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Democratic primary
Party
Candidate
Votes
%
±
Democratic
Marilyn Howard
14,150
50.67%
Democratic
Wally Hedrick
13,778
49.33%
Total votes
27,928
100.00%
1998 Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction election
Party
Candidate
Votes
%
±
Democratic
Marilyn Howard
202,978
54.13%
Republican
Anne C. Fox (incumbent)
171,976
45.87%
Total votes
374,954
100.00%
2002 Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Democratic primary
Party
Candidate
Votes
%
±
Democratic
Marilyn Howard
36,813
100.00%
Total votes
36,813
100.00%
2002 Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction election
Party
Candidate
Votes
%
±
Democratic
Marilyn Howard (incumbent)
211,566
52.17%
Republican
Tom Luna
184,018
45.37%
Libertarian
Robbi L. Kier
9,984
2.46%
Total votes
405,568
100.00%
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