Gov. Brad Little has appointed Idaho Falls Sen. Dave Lent to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

Lent, a Republican who represents District 33, is one of seven new members named to the group, which is an interstate compact of 16 western states and territories that work to expand access to higher education in the region.

Lent was an Idaho Falls School District 91 trustee before his election to the Senate last year. He is on the Senate Education Committee now and worked on several education-related bills during his first session.

Lent said in an email that he attended the commission’s twice-yearly meeting in Bismarck, N.D., earlier this month.

“The focus of this meeting was the future of higher education,” he said. “It was

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