Gov. Brad Little today appointed Andrea Courtney, who has been a deputy Idaho attorney general for the past 12 years, as the new 3rd District judge in Canyon County. Little selected Courtney from among three finalists; the other two were attorney Matthew J. Roker of Caldwell and 3rd District Magistrate Judge Thomas Sullivan of Caldwell; five people applied for the vacancy, which was created by the retirement of Judge Bradly S. Ford.

“I am grateful Gov. Little entrusts me with this solemn role in the third branch of government,” Courtney said in a statement. “I am excited and honored to serve the people of Idaho from Canyon County.”

Courtney holds a law degree and a master’s degree in environmental law from Vermont Law School, along with a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University. In her years with the Attorney General’s office, she represented the Idaho Department of Water Resources, the Department of Environmental Quality and the Idaho Water Resource Board.

Little also announced Friday that he’s reappointed Kathy Simpson to the Idaho Judicial Council, where she has served since 2014. Simpson, an Idaho National Laboratory retiree who worked there for 20 years, also had a 13-year career in the financial services industry; she is married to 2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson.

“Andrea and Kathy bring a great deal of experience to their positions, and I am grateful for their service to the citizens of Idaho,” Little said.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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