Lee Heider

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Lee Heider
Lee Heider.jpg
Idaho State Senate District 24
In office
2010 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Twin Falls City Council
2008 - Present
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Office website
Campaign website
Lee Heider is a Republican member of the Idaho State Senate, representing District 24. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Heider earned his B.S. in Youth Leadership from Brigham Young University and his M.P.A. from Ball State University. His professional experience includes working as a real estate broker and owning a flooring company.

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Health and Welfare, Chair
Resources and Environment


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


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Lee Heider endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [1]



See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Idaho State Senate 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. Shelley M. Gardner was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Lee Heider was unopposed in the Republican primary. Gardner will face Heider in the general election.[2][3][4]


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Heider won election in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 24. Heider ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 15 and defeated Pat Marcantonio (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Idaho State Senate, District 24, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLee Heider Incumbent 64.3% 10,003
     Democratic Pat Marcantonio 35.7% 5,545
Total Votes 15,548


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2010

Heider defeated incumbent Charles Coiner in the Republican primary on May 25 by a margin of 2,630-1,965.[7] Coiner was seeking his fourth term. Heider was unopposed in the general election on November 2, 2010.[8]

Idaho State Senate, District 24 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lee Heider (R) 8,566 100.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Heider is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Heider raised a total of $36,730 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 30, 2013.[9]

Lee Heider's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho State Senate, District 24 Won $24,708
2010 Idaho State Senate, District 24 Won $12,022
Grand Total Raised $36,730


Heider won re-election to the Idaho State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Heider raised a total of $24,708.
Idaho State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lee Heider's campaign in 2012
Idaho Farm Bureau$1,250
Idaho Healthcare Association$1,250
Senate Republican Pac of Idaho$1,000
Davis, Bart M$1,000
Heider, Lee$818
Total Raised in 2012$24,708
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Heider raised $12,022 in contributions.[10]

His two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Idaho Farm Bureau $2,000
Heider, Darrell A $1,869


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.

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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] Heider received a score of -66 points in the 2013 index, ranking 21st out of 35 members of the Idaho State Senate that were evaluated for the study.


Heider is married and has six children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Coiner
Idaho State Senate District 24
Succeeded by