Betty Richardson

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Betty Richardson
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Candidate for
Idaho State Senate District 15
Bachelor'sUniversity of Idaho, 1976
J.D.University of California Hastings, 1982
Campaign website
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Betty Richardson was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 15 of the Idaho State Senate.

Richardson's professional experience includes working as the Chairwoman of Idaho Industrial Commission, attorney at the Idaho Justice Department, and attorney at the United States Department of Justice. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Idaho in 1976 and her J.D. from the University of California Hastings in 1982.[1]


Campaign themes

Richardson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Excellence in Our Public Schools

  • "We need to recruit and retain the best-qualified and most capable teachers."
  • "We must ensure that our school buildings are safe and secure."
  • "To facilitate learning, classes must be of a reasonable size."

An Economy that Works for Everyone

  • "Properly fund our public schools"
  • "Properly fund higher education, especially university research"
  • "Protect our unique quality of life to attract new employers"

An Open and Transparent Government

  • "Idaho needs tougher ethics laws, including a fair and open process to resolve complaints."
  • "Ethics decisions should be available to the public."
  • "Legislators should be required to make financial disclosures."



See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Richardson ran in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 15. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 15 and was defeated by Fred S. Martin (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Idaho State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFred S. Martin 52.1% 9,545
     Democratic Betty Richardson 47.9% 8,783
Total Votes 18,328


Richardson and her husband, Peter, have two children.

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