Phylis King

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Phylis King
Idaho House of Representatives District 18B
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 8
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sColorado State University, 1968
BirthdayMay 8, 1946
Place of birthOgden, UT
ProfessionOwner, King Photography Studios
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Phylis King (b. May 8, 1946) is a Democratic member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 18B. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

King earned her B.S. in Microbiology from Colorado State University in 1968. Her professional experience includes working as a medical research technician and owning a photo studio.

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Human Resources
Transportation and Defense
Joint Finance-Appropriations


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


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


Campaign themes


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

  • Education
Excerpt: "I believe that cuts to public education went too far and are taking Idaho in the wrong direction. Without a strong public education system, we will not be able to retain and attract good jobs to Idaho."
  • Higher Education
Excerpt: "I believe that an educated workforce is the path out of this economic slump. Idaho’s colleges and universities are ready and willing to prepare the future entrepreneurs and scientists."
  • Economy and Jobs
Excerpt: "Reinstate adequate funding for K-12 education...Boost investments in small businesses and support small business incubators...Invest in Clean energy development that will employ engineers, architects, and installers...Support the Department of commerce"
  • Constituent Service
Excerpt: "During the six sessions that I have been your representative, I have made it a priority to return your emails, letters and phone calls. ...I also send a weekly email newsletter with a recap of the weeks’ progress on issues that matter to my constituents. Lastly during the summer, I go door to door to keep in touch with the voters."
  • Stewardship of the Land
Excerpt: "As a Democrat many people have asked, “How can someone in the minority party affect change?” For our democracy to work the minority party must have a voice and we have that voice in our committees. Someone has got to ask the tough questions when a bill is before us."

Higher education

Rep. Jeff Thompson sponsored the measure to fund the four-year public universities and colleges with $209 million in FY 2012, which passed on a 47-21 vote during the 2011 session. That budget is a $7.6 million reduction from fiscal year 2011.

Though state support dropped, budgets for universities and colleges increased by about 5 percent, because of the addition of various funding measures, including student fees. In fiscal year 2011, this budget received $377.6 million in total funding, a number that will jump to $396.7 million in fiscal year 2012.

Rep. Thomas Trail said professors are fleeing the state for other institutions.

“We are just not adequately supporting higher education.” said Trail.

Rep. King said businesses often open new operations in areas of the country that are able to provide an educated workforce. King argued that continual education cuts would cause businesses to be wary to move to the Gem State.

“We are not providing that [an educated workforce] when we cut * Education,” said King.

Rep. Grant Burgoyne said “our best and brightest are leaving us” because of cuts. He said that the state is not funding enough education to keep up with the global economy. “America must be No. 1, but we are not doing our job,” said Burgoyne.[2]

Carpool lanes

King sponsored a bill that would give counties the power to designate interstate carpool lanes as they see fit. She hopes the measure would provide an incentive for Boise residents and workers to carpool, thus cutting congestion on Interstate-84, the major thoroughfare in the Treasure Valley.[3]



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Idaho House of Representatives 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. Incumbent Phylis King was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Domenico Gelsomino was unopposed in the Republican primary. King will face Gelsomino in the general election.[4][5][6]


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

King won re-election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives District 18B. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Brad R. Bolicek (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 18B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPhylis King Incumbent 56.2% 11,748
     Republican Brad R. Bolicek 43.8% 9,145
Total Votes 20,893


See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

King won re-election to District Seat 18B in 2010 against Republican Trevor Grigg. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 25th. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[9]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 18B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Phylis King (D) 6,886 53.8%
Trevor Grigg (R) 5,909 46.2%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Phylis King won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 18B receiving 50.9% of the vote (9,564 votes), ahead of Republican Becky Young who received 44.7% of the vote (8,404 votes), and Libertarian James Oyler who received 4.5% of the vote (837 votes).[10]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 18B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Phylis King (D) 9,564 50.9%
Becky Young (R) 8,404 44.7%
James Oyler (L) 837 4.5%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for King is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, King raised a total of $173,926 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[11]

Phylis King's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho House, District 18B Won $34,465
2010 Idaho House, District 18B Won $32,076
2008 Idaho House, District 18B Won $39,983
2006 Idaho House, District 18B Won $29,052
2004 Idaho House, District 18B Defeated $24,272
2002 Idaho House, District 18B Defeated $14,078
Grand Total Raised $173,926


King won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, King raised a total of $34,365.
Idaho House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Phylis King's campaign in 2012
Idaho Education Association$1,000
Communication Workers$1,000
Gordon King$1,000
Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho$750
Hobson, Frank Donnell$600
Total Raised in 2012$34,365
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which King was up for re-election, she collected $32,076 in donations.[12]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Idaho House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Phylis King's campaign in 2010
Idaho Education Association$2,000
Professional Fire Fighters Of Idaho$1,000
Communications Workers$1,000
Idaho Democratic Legislative Caucus$500
Winning For Idaho$500
Total Raised in 2010 $32,076


In 2008, King raised $39,983.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to her campaign.[13]

Donor Amount
Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho $2,250
Idaho Education Association $2,000
Burritt S. Boynton $1,000
Donna Pence $1,000
Idhao Trial Lawyers Association $1,000
Gordon King $1,000
CMTE to Elect James Ruchti $1,000
Verna A. Peisen $1,000
CMTE to Re-elect Wendy Jaquet $1,000
Communications Workers of America $1,000


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

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In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[14]


In 2012, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[15]

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.[16] King received a score of -78 points in the 2013 index, ranking 68th out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.

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