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Robert Nonini
Idaho State Senate District 3
In office
December 1, 2012-Present
Term ends
November 30, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Idaho House of Representatives District 5A
Date of birthAugust 7, 1954
Place of birthWallace, ID
ProfessionInsurance Agent/Consultant
Office website
Campaign website
Robert "Bob" Nonini (b. August 7, 1954) is a Republican member of the Idaho State Senate, representing District 3. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. He previously served in the Idaho House of Representatives from 2004 to 2012.


Nonini's professional experience includes working as a financial consultant.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Nonini served on the following committees:

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2015
Transportation, Vice chair


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Nonini served on the following committees:


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Nonini served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Nonini served on these committees:


2011 Education Reform

Nonini has supported Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's K-12 education reform package. The first bill was sent to the governor on March 9, 2011. That bill will restrict collective bargaining rights for teachers to salaries and benefits only. Additionally, tenure would be phased out for new teachers and existing teachers without tenure. "Through this plan, we are going to attract and retain more quality teachers in Idaho by offering a two-year contract, increased pay and the opportunity to earn bonuses," Nonini said.[1]

Campaign themes


Nonini's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Natural Resources

  • Excerpt: "I support natural resource based industry and will support legislation for these industries to remain a viable part of North Idaho’s economy."

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "I support a positive business climate in Idaho and the continued recruitment of companies that pay good wages and offer good benefits."


  • Excerpt: "Idaho’s revenue is based on a 3 legged stool; Corporate Income Tax, Personal Income Tax and Sales Tax. I will work for fiscal responsibility in government and fight hard against any proposals to raise these taxes."

Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River

  • Excerpt: "The EPA is a heavy-handed federal beauracracy attempting to dictate to the residents of North Idaho their will to expand the superfund site to include the entire Coeur d’Alene Basin. I will fight for local control as we know best here in North Idaho how to protect and manage one of our most valuable natural resources."


  • Excerpt: "I believe that all methods should be treated fairly and equally by the legislature. Parents deserve the right to choose how they educate their children, and should not be penalized for choosing one method over another."



See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Idaho State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Jerry Shriner was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Bob Nonini defeated Patrick Whalen in the Republican primary. Nonini was unchallenged in the general election. Shriner was removed from the ballot before the general election.[3][4][5]

Idaho State Senate, District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Nonini Incumbent 64.7% 2,461
Patrick Whalen 35.3% 1,345
Total Votes 3,806


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Nonini won election for State Senate in District 3. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on May 15 defeated Kristy Reed Johnson (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Idaho State Senate, District 3, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Nonini 69% 12,132
     Democratic Kristy Reed Johnson 31% 5,461
Total Votes 17,593


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Nonini won re-election to District Seat 5A in 2010 against Democrat David Larsen. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 25th. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[8]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 5A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Nonini (R) 9,973 73.1%
David Larsen (D) 3,674 26.9%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Robert Nonini won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 5A receiving 96.9% of the vote (15,850 votes), ahead of Democrat Karin Ducote who received 3.1% of the vote (515 votes).[9]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 5A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Nonini (R) 15,850 96.9%
Karin Ducote (D) 515 3.1%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nonini is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Nonini raised a total of $170,458 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 30, 2013.[10]

Robert Nonini's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho State Senate, District 3 Won $17,719
2010 Idaho State House, District 5A Won $29,632
2008 Idaho State House, District 5A Won $31,061
2006 Idaho State House, District 5A Won $40,904
2004 Idaho State House, District 5A Won $51,142
Grand Total Raised $170,458


Nonini won election to the Idaho State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Nonini raised a total of $17,719.


In 2010, a year in which Nonini was up for re-election, he collected $29,632 in donations.[11]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


In 2008, Nonini raised $31,061.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign.[12]

Donor Amount
Vincent A Zito $1,000
North Idaho Plastic Surgery $1,000
Citigroup $1,000
Winning for Idaho $1,000
Interstate Concrete & Asphalt Co. $1,000
Jeffery D McDonald $1,000
Antoine Y Sarkis $1,000
John Pennings $1,000
Coeur D Alene $1,000
Devi Fournier $1,000
Apollo Group $1,000


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Idaho

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[13]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "impacting economic freedom in the state."


In 2012, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[14]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.

Idaho Freedom Index

The Idaho Freedom Foundation, an Idaho-based, nonprofit educational research institute, released its "Idaho Freedom Index" in 2013. The index intended to show how Idaho legislators voted on the principles the Foundation seeks to promote. It measured each state legislator based on two tiers, which include whether legislators voted for or against bills that would create or eliminate government agencies, programs, and regulations, and bills that would impact the free market in a positive or negative way. Scores ranged from the highest possible score for members of the state Senate (194 points) and for members of the state House (180 points). A higher score indicated that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Foundation.[15] Nonini received a score of 136 points in the 2013 index, ranking 2nd out of 35 members of the Idaho State Senate that were evaluated for the study.


Robert has a wife, Cathyanne.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Vick (R)
Idaho State Senate District 3
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Idaho House of Representatives District 5A
Succeeded by
Cindy Agidius (R)