Biography and Background
I am Mike Pohanka, and I am running for District 26, Seat A for Jerome, Lincoln and Blaine Counties. I am here to be your voice and represent you.
I am a proud, first-generation citizen born in Twin Falls, Idaho, and I have been a Jerome County resident for the past 32 years. My parents emigrated from Czechoslovakia and Germany. My father escaped Czechoslovakia in the late 1940’s from Communism. They taught me strong work values and ethics. I learned that you must work hard in life for what you want and not to expect things to be handed to you. I have been married to my wife, Susan for 44 years and have two children and 10 grandchildren.
I have a Bachelors Degree in Management Technology and a Masters Degree in Business Management. I have been employed at Buttrey Foods, Idaho Power and the College of Southern Idaho as an Economics Professor. I have enjoyed community volunteer work as a Little League coach, Board member and President of the Jerome and Twin Falls Chambers of Commerce, Jerome High School Boosters and Jerome Rotary Club. I was a former Reserve Deputy and am a current Chaplain of the Jerome County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho State Police. I was a recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award and Lifetime Achievement with Jerome Chamber of Commerce and the Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International.