[Vision2020] Mary Lou Shepherd, former North Idaho representative, dies at 80

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Sat Nov 30 08:32:44 PST 2013

Courtesy of today's (November 30, 2013) Spokesman Review.


In brief: Mary Lou Shepherd, former North Idaho representative, dies at 80

Former state Idaho Rep. Mary Lou Shepherd, D-Prichard, has died. She was 80.

Shepherd represented North Idaho’s Silver Valley, and during her final years in office was the only Democrat among North Idaho’s legislative delegation. Shepherd served in the House from 2000 to 2010.

A retired restaurant/tavern owner, Shepherd was known for departing from her fellow party members in the House to cast votes she said reflected the views of her district – often polling and keeping track of her constituents’ input via their calls and emails.

“Mary Lou invented constituent service,” said former House Minority Leader Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum. “I remember her as always on the phone with some agency working on a solution for a constituent. She was hard-working, cared deeply about Idaho and her district. … She had a large number of legislators on both sides of the aisle who were very fond of her.”

When Shepherd lost her bid for a seventh term in 2010, she said she’d “enjoyed just about every moment” of her legislative service, and offered her successor this advice: “To listen well, don’t make assumptions … and at all times remember who you’re representing and how they want to be represented.”


Rest well, Ms. Shepherd.  You will be missed.

Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .

"Moscow Cares"
Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho
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