Biography and Background
As a member of our community and during the times I have been given to serve in elected office I have worked to preserve our traditional Idaho conservative values of family, faith, hard work, common sense, lower taxes and less government. For me holding elected office is about serving those who have given you the opportunity to serve. In doing so I try to listen more than I talk. My father worked for Albertsons when I was born and his work took us all over the Pacific Northwest and Midwest. He taught me the importance of a strong work ethic and personal responsibility. After my wife and I finished school, we were able to come back to Nampa where I used to come for family reunions. My wife Jan and I have been married for 36 years and we raised our five children here. We hope many of our five grandchildren and counting will be blessed with the same opportunity to be raised in Idaho. My bachelor’s degree is in International Business from Brigham Young University, and I earned a Juris Doctorate degree Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law. I started my career as a deputy prosecutor for Canyon County almost 30 years ago and was elected and served two terms as a County Commissioner. While serving as a County Commissioner I was elected by my peers as the president of the Idaho Association of Commissioners and Clerks. I have a strong sense of patriotism and love my country. I received my commission as an officer in the United States Army Reserves in 1997 and served for 20 years before retiring. Volunteering is one way we give back to our community and I have enjoyed serving as a youth sports coach for my children’s teams and as a scout leader. Currently I am a small business owner and practice real estate, business, land use and local government law. I have been an active volunteer and leader in the Idaho Republican Party for almost 30 years. My service for the Republican Party includes Precinct Committee Chairman, Youth Committee Chairman, Central Committee Vice Chairman, Central Committee Chairman and State Committeeman. I am a member of the Canyon County Republican Hall of Fame and was voted the 2011 Canyon County Republican of the Year. It has been my privilege to serve for five terms in the Idaho State Senate and am currently the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee. I also serve on the Commerce Committee and the Local Government and Tax Committee. I regularly take the lead in the legislature in supporting our men and women in law enforcement, fighting to strengthen the protections for the unborn and preserving and enhancing our Second Amendment rights.
Top 3 Issues
Integrity in Affiliation
Art 1. Section 4.A. – I think moving to the gold standard is not practical in today’s market/economy.
Art 1. Section 5.D. I strongly support the 10th Amendment and believe in the lawful resistance to federal government mandates.
Art XIV Section 3.E. I oppose abortion and Roe v. Wade and regularly work as a legislator to reduce or eliminate its application in Idaho. I believe there are extremely rare circumstances where rape and incest may be a consideration.