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Lawerence Denney

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Lawerence Denney
Idaho Secretary of State
In office
January 5, 2015 - present
Years in position 0
PredecessorBen Ysursa (R)
Speaker of the House, Idaho State House
2006-December 2012
Base salary$101,150
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Idaho House of Representatives District 9A
1996-2014; 1991-1992
Bachelor'sUniversity of Idaho, 1970
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1971-1972
Date of birthFebruary 25, 1948
Place of birthCouncil, ID
Office website
Campaign website
Lawerence Denney (b. February 25, 1948, in Council, Idaho) is the current Republican Idaho Secretary of State. He has served in this position since January 5, 2015, when he succeeded three-term incumbent Ben Ysursa (R). Ysursa declined to seek re-election in 2014, and Denney ran for the open seat. He won the general election on November 4, 2014, defeating Democrat Holli High Woodings with over 56 percent of the vote.[1]

Before becoming secretary of state, Denney was Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 9A from 1991 to 1992 and again from 1996 to 2014. He served as Speaker of the House from 2006 to December 2012.


Denney earned his B.S. from the University of Idaho in 1970. His professional experience includes working as a farmer.[1]

Denney served in the United States Army from 1971 to 1972.


  • B.S. - University of Idaho (1970)

Political career

Idaho Secretary of State (2015-present)

Denney has served as Idaho Secretary of State since January 5, 2015. Denney was elected to fill the open seat vacated by incumbent Secretary of State Ben Ysursa (R) on November 4, 2014. He succeeded Ysursa the following January, beginning his first four-year term in office.

Idaho House of Representatives (1996-2014, 1991-1992)

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Resources and Conservation, Chair
Revenue and Taxation
Transportation and Defense



See also: Idaho secretary of state election, 2014

Denney ran for Idaho Secretary of State in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014.[1] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Primary election
Idaho Secretary of State, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLawerence Denney 37.1% 51,041
Phil McGrane 27.9% 38,336
Evan Frasure 19.3% 26,539
Mitch Toryanski 15.7% 21,630
Total Votes 137,546
Election Results via Idaho Secretary of State.
General election
Secretary of State of Idaho, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLawerence Denney 56.2% 241,851
     Democratic Holli High Woodings 43.8% 188,353
Total Votes 430,204
Election Results via Idaho Secretary of State.

Campaign themes

Denney's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 race:


Taxes I really do not mind paying my fair share of taxes. Our total tax structure should be fair and equitable as well as stable. We need to not only expect – but demand – that our elected officials utilize our tax dollars wisely and efficiently.

Budget & Spending As a fiscal conservative, I am thankful that Idaho has a constitution that mandates that we balance our budget each year. It would be too easy to say ‘yes’ to all the budget requests that are brought before the legislature each year, only to find ourselves operating in the red or having to make deeper cuts to programs and services. We have to be mindful that we have to be accountable. Raising taxes is not the right answer. [2]

—Lawerence Denney's campaign website, (2014), [3]


I believe that we need to do everything possible to assure our children access to a good education. I also believe that the responsibility for seeing that children avail themselves of that education lies with parents – not the government. The future of our state and our country depends on sound and responsible education of our children. [2]

—Lawerence Denney's campaign website, (2014), [3]


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Denney won re-election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives District 9A. He was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Steve Worthley (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 9A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLawerence Denney Incumbent 70.9% 12,234
     Democratic Steve Worthley 29.1% 5,013
Total Votes 17,247


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Denney won re-election to District Seat 9A in 2010 against Democrat Lynn Webster. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 25. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[6]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 9A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lawerence Denney (R) 8,736 76.7%
Lynn Webster (D) 2,660 23.3%


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Republican Lawerence Denney won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 9A receiving 71.9 percent of the vote (10,968 votes), ahead of Democrat Frederick Hallberg who received 28.1 percent of the vote (4,286 votes).[7]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 9A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lawerence Denney (R) 10,968 54.4%
Frederick Hallberg (D) 4,286 28.1%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Denney was up for re-election, he collected $45,850 in donations.[8]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Idaho House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lawerence Denney's campaign in 2010
Idaho Farm Bureau$2,000
Hecla Mining$1,950
Jr Simplot Co$1,800
Idaho Soft Drink Association$1,600
Qwest Communications$1,500
Total Raised in 2010 $45,850


In 2008, Denney raised $50,400.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign.[9]

Donor Amount
Idaho Association of Realtors $2,000
Idaho Farm Bureau $2,000
Blue Cross of Idaho $2,000
Wal-Mart $2,000
Idaho Republican Party $2,000
Employers Insurance Co. of Nevada $1,750
Micron Technology $1,500
Agriculture & Natural Resources Industry $1,500
Potlatch Corp. $1,000
Idaho Power Co. $1,000
Idaho Soft Drink Association $1,000
Idaho Sand & Gravel $1,000
Intuit $1,000
Suncor Idaho $1,000
Citigroup $1,000
Philip Morris $1,000


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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

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.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Idaho scorecards, email suggestions to

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.


In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12] Denney received a score of 63 points in the 2013 index, ranking 24th out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.


Denney and his wife, Donna, have four children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ben Ysursa (R)
Idaho Secretary of State
2015 - present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Idaho House of Representatives District 9A
Succeeded by
Ryan Kerby (R)