Dan Schmidt

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Dan Schmidt
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Idaho State Senate District 5
In office
December 1, 2010 - Present
Term ends
November 30, 2016
Years in position 5
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sStanford University (1976)
M.D.University of Washington School of Medicine (1986)
Place of birthSalem, Oregon
Office website
Campaign website
Dan J. Schmidt is a Democratic member of the Idaho State Senate, representing District 5. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Schmidt earned his B.S. from Sanford University in 1976 and his M.D. from the University of Washington in 1986. His professional experience includes working as a family doctor and county coroner.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce and Human Resources
Health and Welfare
Change in Employee Compensation
Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment
Joint Finance-Appropriations
Joint Millennium Fund


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


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


Campaign themes


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


  • Excerpt: "Improving our education and health care will bring business to this state. Idaho can solve the problems of healthcare on its own without federal interference, and statewide healthcare will make people and small businesses secure and thus lower business healthcare overhead."


  • Excerpt: "Our state built support of public education into its constitution. We should honor this commitment."

Field and Stream

  • Excerpt: "The ownership of guns is a sporting and personal right that will never be taken away. I’m a Democrat and I will argue with anyone who thinks otherwise."



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. Incumbent Dan J. Schmidt was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while John Carlson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Schmidt defeated Carlson in the general election.[2][3][4][5]

Idaho State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDan J. Schmidt Incumbent 52.3% 7,421
     Republican John Carlson 47.7% 6,769
Total Votes 14,190


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Schmidt won re-election in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 5. Schmidt ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 15 and defeated Gresham Bouma (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Idaho State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDan Schmidt Incumbent 51% 10,340
     Republican Warren A. Ducote Jr. 49% 9,936
Total Votes 20,276


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2010

Schmidt had no opposition in the May 25 primary. He ran against Republican candidate Gresham Dale Bouma in the general election on November 2, 2010, defeating him.[8]

Idaho State Senate, District 6
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dan Schmidt (D) 6,551 53.3%
Gresham Dale Bouma (R) 5,741 46.7%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Schmidt is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Schmidt raised a total of $70,790 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 30, 2013.[9]

Dan Schmidt's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho State Senate, District 5 Won $34,002
2010 Idaho State Senate, District 6 Won $36,788
Grand Total Raised $70,790


Schmidt won re-election to the Idaho State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Schmidt raised a total of $34,002.


In 2010, Schmidt raised $36,788 in contributions.[10]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Schmidt, Dan J $1,446
Parks, Bill $1,000
Idaho Education Association $1,000
Wallis, James G $1,000


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

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In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13] Schmidt received a score of -65 points in the 2013 index, ranking 20th out of 35 members of the Idaho State Senate that were evaluated for the study.


Schmidt and his wife, Martha, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Hammond (R)
Idaho State Senate District 5
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Gresham Dale Bouma
Idaho State Senate District 6
Succeeded by
Dan Johnson (R)