Branden J. Durst
|Branden J. Durst|
|Idaho State Senate District 18|
|December 1, 2012 - December 1, 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Idaho House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Pacific Lutheran University, 2003|
|Master's||Boise State University, 2007|
|Place of birth||Boise, ID|
Durst served in the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 18A from 2006 to 2010.
Durst earned his B.S. in Political Science from Pacific Lutheran in 2003 and his M.S. from Boise State University in 2007. His professional experience includes working as a Research Analyst for Opinion Research Northwest, Policy Intern for the American Counseling Association and in the Consumer Protection Division for the Washington Attorney General's Office.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Durst served on the following committees:
|Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Agricultural Affairs|
|• Commerce and Human Resources|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Durst was a member of the following committees:
|Idaho Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Health and Welfare|
Durst's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Small Business Support Fund
- Reject the Luna Laws
- Open and Ethical Government
- Boise School District Levy
- Stop Forced Ultrasounds
- See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012
Durst won election in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 18. Durst defeated Matthew Duncan in the May 15 Democratic primary and defeated incumbent Mitch Toryanski (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Idaho State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Branden J. Durst||53.5%||11,292|
|Republican||Mitch Toryanski Incumbent||46.5%||9,796|
|Idaho State Senate District 18 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Branden J. Durst||77.1%||1,078|
- See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2010
On November 4, 2008, Democrat Brandon Durst won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 18A receiving 51.1% of the vote (9,653 votes), ahead of Republican Julie Ellsworth who received 48.9% of the vote (9,222 votes).
|Idaho House of Representatives, District 18A (2008)|
|Brandon Durst (D)||9,653||51.1%|
|Julie Ellsworth (R)||9,222||48.9%|
Comprehensive donor information for Durst is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Durst raised a total of $124,680 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 30, 2013.
|Branden J. Durst's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Idaho State Senate, District 18||$35,873|
|2010||Idaho State Senate, District 18||$46,734|
|2008||Idaho State House, District 18A||$31,653|
|2006||Idaho State House, District 18A||$10,420|
|Grand Total Raised||$124,680|
2012Durst won election to the Idaho State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Durst raised a total of $35,873.
|Idaho State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Branden J. Durst's campaign in 2012|
|Idaho State Afl-Cio||$2,000|
|Idaho Education Association||$1,670|
|Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$35,873|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2008, Durst raised $31,653.
Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign.
|Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho||$2,184|
|Idaho Education Association||$2,000|
|Communications Workers of America||$2,000|
|Idaho State AFL-CIO||$1,500|
|Central Trades Solidarity Pac||$1,000|
|Chasan & Walton||$1,000|
|Rusche for Representative||$1,000|
|Idaho Trial Lawyers Association||$1,000|
|Boise Fire Fighters Local 149||$1,000|
|CMTE to Elect Nicole LeFavour||$1,000|
|CMTE to RE-Elect Wendy Jacquet||$1,000|
|Verna A. Peisen||$1,000|
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. Durst received a score of 49 points in the 2013 index, ranking 8th out of 35 members of the Idaho State Senate that were evaluated for the study.
Branden and his wife, Jamie, have three children.
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- Democrat Ward-Engelking will seek Durst's Senate seat in southeast Boise - The Idaho Statesman
- Eye on Boise: Branden Durst resigns from state Senate for family reasons - The Spokesman Review
- Ward-Engelking on State Senate Bid: 'I Thought About It Long and Hard' - Boise Weekly
- Idaho Democrats Name Contenders for Vacant Senate Seat - News Radio 1310 KLIX
- Boise Dems choose 3 names to replace Durst - The Idaho Statesman
- STATE-BY-STATE - HispanicBusiness.com
- Campaign Website
- Campaign Facebook page
- Campaign Twitter account
- Project Vote Smart profile
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006
- ktvb.com, "Durst announces resignation from Idaho Senate," November 20, 2013
- Branden Durst, "Issues," accessed October 26, 2012
- Office of the Idaho Secretary of State "List of All Candidate Declarations for 2012," Accessed March 15, 2012
- Idaho Secretary of State Election Division, "May 15, 2012 Primary Election Results," accessed 4 July 2012
- Idaho Secretary of State – Elections Division, “November 6, 2012 General Election Results,” accessed December 27, 2012
- Idaho Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
- Idaho House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- followthemoney.org, "Durst, Branden J," accessed August 30, 2013
- 2008 contributors to Branden J. Durst
- Idaho Freedom Foundation "2013 Freedom Index," accessed August 19, 2013
Mitch Toryanski (R)
|Idaho State Senate District 18
| Succeeded by|
Janie Ward-Engelking (D)
|Idaho House District 18A
| Succeeded by|