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Helen Chenoweth-Hage, 68; Represented Idaho in Congress for 3 Years

October 03, 2006|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Helen Chenoweth-Hage, a former three-term representative to Congress from Idaho, died Monday in a one-car crash near Tonopah, Nev., her daughter said. She was 68.

Chenoweth-Hage, a Republican, was elected to Congress in 1994 and served through 2000. Her daughter, Meg Chenoweth Keenan, said that Chenoweth-Hage was a passenger in the vehicle and that no one else was seriously injured.

She had been married since 1999 to Wayne Hage, a Nevada rancher who came to epitomize Nevada's Sagebrush Rebellion with the federal government over public lands and private property rights. He died in June at age 69.

Born in Topeka, Kan., Chenoweth-Hage grew up in Grants Pass, Ore., and attended Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash.

She became well known in Idaho when she moved to Boise in the 1970s, serving as the executive director of the state Republican Party and becoming U.S. Rep. Steven Symms' chief of staff.

She defeated incumbent Democrat Larry LaRocco in 1994, gaining national attention by holding "endangered salmon bakes" during fundraisers, serving canned salmon to ridicule the listing of Idaho salmon as an endangered species.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday October 04, 2006 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 31 words Type of Material: Correction
Chenoweth-Hage obituary: The headline on the obituary of Helen Chenoweth-Hage, a former three-term representative to Congress from Idaho, in Tuesday's California section incorrectly stated that she served three years in Congress.

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