James Holtzclaw

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James Holtzclaw
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Idaho House of Representatives District 20B
In office
December 1, 2012-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 2
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
James Holtzclaw is a Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 20B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Human Resources
Local Government
State Affairs


Campaign themes


Holtzclaw's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt: "Lower Corporate and personal taxes"


  • Excerpt: "I am Pro Education, good school systems are a back bone of the community. A good school system promotes a great community and economic development. We need to have less administration positions and more educators in the class room."


  • Excerpt: "We need to Lower tax rate for business."

Wind Farms

  • Excerpt: "Wind farms are clean and create jobs. I do not support the new companies having an unfair advantage over Idaho Power. I understand Idaho power must buy KWs from this wind farm at a price that does not promote a good business relationship. Idaho power needs to buy power at a fair rate in order to sell the KWs to their client’s and make money. Idaho power will pass this cost on to their customers."


  • Excerpt: "Veterans have a higher than non-Veterans unemployment rate 12.4. Homeless for Veterans are 3 times the rate of non-veterans. No Veteran should have to worry about being homeless, or jobless."



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Idaho House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent James Holtzclaw was unopposed in the Republican primary and will face Daniel S. Weston (C) in the general election.[2][3][4]


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Holtzclaw won election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives District 20B. He defeated Thomas Jay LeClaire and Patrick Malloy in the Republican primary on May 15, 2012, and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 20B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Holtzclaw 100% 14,706
Total Votes 14,706
Idaho House of Representatives District 20B Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Holtzclaw 41.8% 1,035
Patrick Malloy 36% 892
Thomas Jay LeClaire 22.2% 551
Total Votes 2,478

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Holtzclaw is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Holtzclaw raised a total of $11,741 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[8]

James Holtzclaw's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho House, District 20B Won $11,741
Grand Total Raised $11,741


Holtzclaw won election to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Holtzclaw raised a total of $11,741.
Idaho House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Holtzclaw's campaign in 2012
Holtzclaw, James$2,918
Idaho Association of Realtors$1,500
Idaho Association of Chiropractic Physicians$500
Idaho Associated General Contractors$500
Wood, Fred L.$500
Total Raised in 2012$11,741
Source:Follow the Money


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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11] Holtzclaw received a score of 67 points in the 2013 index, ranking 21st out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.

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Preceded by
Marv Hagedorn (R)
Idaho House of Representatives District 20B
Succeeded by