Mark Patterson

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Mark Patterson
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Idaho House of Representatives District 15B
In office
December 1, 2012-January 5, 2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionBusiness owner
Mark Patterson is a former Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 15B from 2012 to January 5, 2014. He resigned following the revelation that he pleaded guilty in a 1974 sexual assault case.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary, Rules, and Administration
Revenue and Taxation
Transportation and Defense


Campaign themes


Patterson's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

Excerpt: "Patterson has always wanted to have the American dream that he remembered from the 50's. A family, a home and being able to support and protect one's family: this is the American dream. But Mark sees the American dream becoming harder and harder for people to gain because government has grown so large and the citizens are becoming servants to the government."
Excerpt: "It is difficult to keep a business going in Idaho with the numerous taxes Idaho puts on private businesses. This is not the America that we grew up in."
Excerpt: "In 2012 the state government is growing; a so-called surplus was spent to again fatten government budgets. Why haven't they given surpluses back to the citizens? Some euphemistically called this a sign of recovery. But, since 2008, a quarter of the Idaho budget was cut with no noticeable reduction in services."
Excerpt: "Tax hikes have been put on the back burner until after the election. We need proven conservatives to hold back the government bureaucrats that are always promoting higher budgets. There are a few excellent men and woman in elected government in our State but not the number we need to get our State back on track so families and businesses can prosper."
Excerpt: "Idaho needs jobs. Businesses refuse to relocate to Idaho, because there are 38 states with lower income tax. One of Mark's personal fears is that someday his daughters will get married. 'I am naturally protective. But, even worse, my son-in-laws may not find jobs in Idaho. They may have to find work elsewhere, taking my daughters with them. I'm not the only father who fears for the future of his children.'"



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Patterson won election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives District 15B. He defeated Curtis Ellis in the Republican primary on May 15 and defeated Steve Berch (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 15B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Patterson 53.1% 9,618
     Democratic Steve Berch 46.9% 8,481
Total Votes 18,099
Idaho House of Representatives District 15B Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Patterson 60.1% 1,517
Curtis Ellis 39.9% 1,009
Total Votes 2,526


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Patterson was a Republican candidate for District 15B in the Idaho House of Representatives in the November 2, 2010, state legislative elections. Patterson was defeated by incumbent Max Black in the Republican primary on May 25, 2010.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Patterson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Patterson raised a total of $39,730 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[6]

Mark Patterson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho House, District 15B Won $29,955
2010 Idaho House, District 15B Won $9,775
Grand Total Raised $39,730


Patterson won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Patterson raised a total of $29,955.


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.[7] Patterson received a score of 89 points in the 2013 index, ranking 14th out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.


1974 criminal case

In November 2013, Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney revoked Patterson's concealed carry permit after he learned that the lawmaker failed to disclose a 1974 case in which the legislator pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit forcible rape. Republican officials from his district met and unanimously recommended he resign. Patterson tendered his resignation on December 20, setting his final date in the legislature as January 5, 2014.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Max Black (R)
Idaho House of Representatives District 15B
2012–January 2014
Succeeded by
Patrick McDonald (R)