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Brandon Woolf
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Idaho Controller
In office
October 15, 2012 - Present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 3
PredecessorDonna M. Jones (R)
Base salary$101,150
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
AppointedOctober 15, 2012
Appointed byGov. Butch Otter
Term limitsTwo consecutive terms
Bachelor'sUtah State University
Master'sBoise State University
Office website
Brandon Woolf is the 21st Idaho Controller. He began serving in the position in July 2012, when Gov. Butch Otter appointed him as interim controller following a car accident that left previous officeholder Donna M. Jones (R) severely injured. Jones's injuries ultimately led her to resign the post and Otter formally tapped Woolf to succeed her on October 15, 2012. His appointment was confirmed in a unanimous vote by the Idaho Senate on January 28, 2013.[1] Woolf won a full term as state controller in 2014.

Prior to his appointment as state controller, Woolf served as Chief Deputy Controller.[2]

It was expected that Jones would return to the job after her recovery, however, Jones decided to resign, effective immediately on October 15, 2012, after it was learned that her recovery could take up to two years. Jones stated, "I found myself pondering how I may best fulfill my sacred oath as I continue to heal. The conclusion I've reached is that the people of Idaho would be best served by a state controller who is able to fully devote her or his time and abilities to the job."[3]

Woolf's seat was up for election in 2014. He filed to run for his first full term as state controller on March 3. Woolf narrowly won the Republican nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014.[4] Brandon Woolf won the general election on November 4, 2014, without opposition.


Woolf first joined the Office of the Idaho Controller as an intern in 1997. He later served as a training specialist in the payroll division, a bureau chief, division administrator and chief of staff to Donna M. Jones (R) before being named acting controller in July 2012.[5]


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, Utah State University
  • MBA, Boise State University

Political career

Idaho Controller (2012-Present)

Woolf was formally nominated by Governor Butch Otter for the office of Idaho Controller on October 15, 2012, and his appointment was confirmed by the Idaho State Senate on January 28, 2013.[1] Woolf had served in the position on a temporary basis since July 2012, when a severe car accident put previous officeholder Donna M. Jones out of commission. Woolf's appointment ended January 2015, as he began his first full, elected, term as state controller.[3]



See also: Idaho down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Woolf ran for a full term as Idaho Controller in 2014.[3] He defeated Todd Hatfield by a slim margin in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[4] The general election took place November 4, 2014. Brandon Woolf won the general election on November 4, 2014, without opposition.

Primary Election Results

  • Republican primary
Idaho Controller, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrandon Woolf Incumbent 50.9% 68,609
Todd Hatfield 49.1% 66,126
Total Votes 134,735
Election Results via Idaho Secretary of State.


Woolf was appointed interim Idaho Controller on July 3, 2012. Gov. Otter appointed him in a permanent capacity on October 15, 2012, and his nomination was approved by the Idaho State Senate on January 28, 2013.[3][1]

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Preceded by
Donna M. Jones (R)
Idaho Controller
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