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Mathew Erpelding

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Mathew Erpelding
Mathew Erpelding.jpg
Idaho House of Representatives District 19A
In office
December 1, 2012-Present
Term ends
November 30, 2016
Years in position 3
State House Assistant Minority Leader
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPsychology, Idaho State University (1997)
Master'sMA, Adult Education and Organizational Learning, University of Idaho, Boise
Office website
Campaign website
Mathew "Mat" Erpelding is a Democratic member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 19A. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. He currently serves as State House Assistant Minority Leader.

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Agricultural Affairs
Resources and Conservation
Revenue and Taxation


Campaign themes


Erpelding's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Education for All

  • Excerpt: "I will work to fully fund public education at every level; support teachers’ rights to collectively bargain for fair wages; ensure that higher education is accessible to all Idaho high school graduates; enhance early childhood learning opportunities; repeal the Luna Laws and restore balance to public education."

Advocate for Human Rights

  • Excerpt: "I will work to protect the rights of every human being, the right to choose, and the rights of workers. I will speak out against the injustices proposed by the radical right."

Responsible Economic Growth

  • Excerpt: "I will work to expand Idaho’s economy by investing in renewable energy sources that support high-paying jobs; expand on regional expertise to increase business and production efficiency; ensure infrastructure improvements keep up with Idaho’s rapid growth; and bring prosperity to the middle class."

Protecting our Quality of Life

  • Excerpt: "I will work to expand long-term economic investment that provide cities and counties with resources to develop quality outdoor recreation opportunities; preserve Idaho’s open space and public lands; partner with stakeholders to reach the best possible wildlife and land management plans; and protect Idaho’s clean air and clean water."



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. Incumbent Mathew "Mat" Erpelding was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Mitchell Berger was unopposed in the Republican primary. Erpelding defeated Berger in the general election.[2][3][4][5]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 19A, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMathew "Mat" Erpelding Incumbent 71.6% 12,623
     Republican Mitchell Berger 28.4% 5,006
Total Votes 17,629


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Erpelding won election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives District 19A. He defeated J. Dallas Gudgell and Troy Rohn in the Democratic primary on May 15 and defeated Mike Washburn (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 19A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMathew Erpelding 66.7% 14,695
     Republican Mike Washburn 33.3% 7,345
Total Votes 22,040
Idaho House of Representatives District 19A Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMathew Erpelding 48% 1,449
Troy Rohn 35.2% 1,063
J. Dallas Gudgell 16.8% 509
Total Votes 3,021

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Erpelding is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Erpelding raised a total of $33,894 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[9]

Mathew Erpelding's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho House, District 19 Won $33,894
Grand Total Raised $33,894


Erpelding won election to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Erpelding raised a total of $33,894.
Idaho House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mathew Erpelding's campaign in 2012
Houts, Amanda$2,000
Gugino, Jeremy$1,500
Saltzman, Larry & Betty$1,500
Harrison, Geoff$1,000
Idaho State AFL-CIO$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$33,894
Source:Follow the Money


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

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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] Erpelding received a score of -76 points in the 2013 index, ranking 67th out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Cherie Buckner-Webb (D)
Idaho House of Representatives District 19A
Succeeded by