Joel Robinson

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Joel Robinson
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Former candidate for
Idaho State Senate, District 16
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMiami University of Ohio
Master'sUniversity of New Mexico
Campaign website
Joel Robinson was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 16 of the Idaho State Senate.


Joel Robinson moved to Boise in 1995 after working at Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Los Alamos Lab, New Mexico. Robinson has earned two degrees in Computer Science and an MBA. He studied Spanish and American Sign Language and is conversant in both.[1]

Robinson's professional experience includes 40 years engineering experience in the high-tech industry. He has started and run several small businesses. Robinson currently works as a software test engineer in Boise. Joel volunteers as a chaplain for several charities in Boise.[1]


Campaign themes


Robinson submitted the following statement to Ballotpedia:[1]

I plan to introduce legislation on reducing the burden of government on it's citizens while providing help for the most needy among us:

1. Prison reform, reduce costs and # incarcerated, implement prison rape prevention recomendations

2. Regulate Payday Loan companies to protect consumers from predatory practices. Idaho has the highest interest rates in the country. Idaho needs to join the states that have capped interest rates instead allowing 700% to 900% some companies charge. The poor are being hurt badly by these abuses.

3. Advocate for Pro-Life legislation, especially abortion inducing pills. Idaho has made no legislative progress on pro-life issues for several years. Incrementally reduce abortions through carefully crafted state legislation over several years.

4. Push back against unfunded federal mandates.

5. Update our school Deaf interpreter certification requirements and expand the pilot mentoring programs for Deaf and Blind students.

6. Promote Idaho resource business, like agriculture, mining, oil & gas, and lumber. Stop EPA from regulating every drop of water in the country.

7. Improve motorcycle safety and access to motorcycle training programs (STAR).

8. Reduce then phase out Idaho's Business Personal Property Tax.

9. Implement federal recommendations on Student Sexual Assault reporting by making such reporting and surveying mandatory for our universities and schools.

10. Insure that public lands in Idaho remain open forever to hunting, fishing, bicycles, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and other forms of recreation. Wheeled recreational access must be written into law. 83% of Idaho is federal lands. Idahoans should not be locked out of prime recreational areas. Bicycles, dirt bikes, and snowmobiles deserve access and consideration like horses and foot traffic. Continue grazing and timber harvest in manners that preserve clean water. Our forests are burning up, we need to change the way they are handled.[2]



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. Grant Burgoyne was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Joel Robinson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Burgoyne defeated Robinson in the general election.[3][4][5][6]

Idaho State Senate, District 16, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGrant Burgoyne 60.4% 8,563
     Republican Joel Robinson 39.6% 5,623
Total Votes 14,186

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Robinson is the father of two and grandfather of five.[1]

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