Lynn Luker

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Lynn Luker
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Idaho House of Representatives District 15A
Incumbent
In office
2006-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 8
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Berkeley, 1977
J.D.University of Idaho, 1980
Personal
Place of birthIdaho Falls, ID
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionLDS
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Lynn Luker is a Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 15A. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Luker earned his B.S. in Political Science from the University of California-Berkeley in 1977 and his J.D. from the University of Idaho in 1980. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary, Rules, and Administration, Vice Chair
Local Government
State Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Luker served on these committees:

Issues

Healthcare

Rep. Janice McGeachin introduced a bill in 2011 in the House State Affairs Committee that would shift more of the burden of the health care fund from the state to county governments. The state and counties share the costs of the fund, with counties pay the first $11,000 of health bills and Idaho paying the rest.

A few weeks prior, Rep. Luker brought legislation that would change the language concerning the administration of the fund. Idaho Code dictates that the health fund must cover “necessary” medical procedures, a term which Luker wants to change to “emergency.” He says the bill would save Idaho about $5 million, but hospitals oppose it because they say medical centers would have to eat the uncovered health costs.

McGeachin’s bill would increase the amount counties pay to $12,000 and the state would continue to pay the rest.

“We are, as a state, looking for every dollar we can find today,” said McGeachin. “These are some savings to the state.”[1]

Presidential preference

2012

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

Lynn Luker endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]

When I considered running for a legislative seat, I had already studied proposed legislation and testified in legislative hearings. I had observed that too many bills contained special privileges for a few at the expense of the average citizen. I was concerned about growth of government, and its appetite for regulating life and consuming taxpayer resources. As an elected legislator, my concerns remain the same, and I believe my concerns have been reflected in my debate and votes in the House.[3]

Campaign themes

2014

Luker's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

Elections

2014

See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Idaho House of Representatives 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. Steve Berch was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Lynn M. Luker was unopposed in the Republican primary. Berch was defeated by Luker in the general election.[5][6][7][8]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 15A, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLynn M. Luker Incumbent 51.6% 6,615
     Democratic Steve Berch 48.4% 6,199
Total Votes 12,814

2012

See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Luker won re-election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives District 15A. He was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Richard Keller (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[9][10]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 15A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLynn M. Luker Incumbent 59% 10,602
     Democratic Richard Keller 41% 7,379
Total Votes 17,981

2010

See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Luker won re-election to District Seat 15A in 2010 against Democrat Brenda Lovell, Independent James Tucker, and Libertarian Randal Williamson. He defeated Jen Stanko in the Republican primary on May 25th by a margin of 2,237 to 1,008. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[11]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 15A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lynn Luker (R) 6,401 56.0%
Brenda Lovell (D) 4,280 37.5%
James Tucker (I) 448 3.9%
Randal Williamson (L) 299 2.6%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Republican Lynn Luker won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 15A receiving 12,857 votes.[12]

Luker raised $5,361 for his campaign.

Idaho House of Representatives, District 15A (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lynn Luker (R) 12,857

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Luker is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Luker raised a total of $88,683 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[13]

Lynn Luker's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho House, District 15A Won $23,510
2010 Idaho House, District 15A Won $28,116
2008 Idaho House, District 15A Won $5,361
2006 Idaho House, District 15A Won $14,174
2004 Idaho House, District 15B Defeated $17,522
Grand Total Raised $88,683

2012

Luker in 2012. During that election cycle, Luker raised a total of $23,510.
2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lynn Luker's campaign in 2012
Idaho Trial Lawyers Association$2,000
Idaho Farm Bureau$1,750
Idaho Power Co.$1,000
House Republican Victory Fund of Idaho$1,000
Committee to Re-elect Fred Wood$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$23,510
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which Luker was up for re-election, he collected $28,116 in donations.[14]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Idaho House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lynn Luker's campaign in 2010
Harris, Jim C$2,000
Idaho Trial Lawyers Association$2,000
Idaho Farm Bureau$1,300
House Republican Caucus$1,000
Employers Resource$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $28,116

Scorecards

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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2013

In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[15]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "impacting economic freedom in the state."

2012

In 2012, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[16]

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.[17] Luker received a score of 68 points in the 2013 index, ranking 20th out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.

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References

  1. Idaho Reporter, "Bill would shift more catastrophic health costs to counties," March 1, 2011
  2. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Idaho Elected Officials," February 8, 2012
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  4. voteluker.com, "Official campaign website," accessed September 16, 2014
  5. Idaho Secretary of State, "Official candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
  6. Idaho Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed June 12, 2014
  7. Idaho Secretary of State, "Official general election results," accessed November 20, 2014
  8. Idaho Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed July 7, 2014
  9. Idaho Secretary of State, "2012 primary election results," accessed May 15, 2012
  10. Idaho Secretary of State – Elections Division, "November 6, 2012 General Election Results," accessed December 27, 2012
  11. Idaho Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed April 16, 2014
  12. Idaho Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed April 16, 2014
  13. Follow the Money, "Luker, Lynn M," accessed December 12, 2013
  14. Follow The Money, "2010 campaign contributions," accessed April 16, 2014
  15. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
  16. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
  17. Idaho Freedom Foundation, "2013 Freedom Index," accessed August 19, 2013
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