Robert Anderst

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Robert Anderst
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Idaho House of Representatives District 12A
In office
December 1, 2012-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 2
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sBusiness Marketing and Management, Idaho State University (1992)
Office website
Robert Anderst is a Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 12A. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Human Resources
Environment, Energy, and Technology
Revenue and Taxation


Campaign themes


Anderst's campaign website described the following issues:[1]

Excerpt: "I support free market solutions to our economic challenges. I support lower taxes and a regulatory structure that is pro growth."
Excerpt: "I support Education reforms. I believe that the most important elements are: A system that rewards good teachers. Minimizes Administration, wherever possible."
Excerpt: "I support Private Property Rights. I support the 2nd Amendment. I am pro life. I support traditional Marriage."



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. Maria Gonzalez Mabbutt was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Robert Anderst defeated Roger L. Hunt in the Republican primary. Mabbutt will face Anderst in the general election.[2][3]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 12A Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Anderst Incumbent 51.4% 1,598
Roger L. Hunt 48.6% 1,508
Total Votes 3,106


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Anderst won election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives District 12A. He defeated Roger L. Hunt and Steve Nible in the Republican primary and defeated Tracy S. Volpi (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 12A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Anderst 67.1% 9,693
     Democratic Tracy S. Volpi 32.9% 4,759
Total Votes 14,452
Idaho House of Representatives District 12A Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Anderst 44.5% 1,416
Roger L. Hunt 33.5% 1,066
Steve Nible 22% 699
Total Votes 3,181

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Anderst is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Anderst raised a total of $32,844 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[7]

Robert Anderst's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho House, District 12A Won $32,844
Grand Total Raised $32,844


Anderst won election to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Anderst raised a total of $32,844.
Idaho House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robert Anderst's campaign in 2012
Micron Technology$2,000
Idaho Association of Realtors$1,950
Idaho Power Co.$1,500
JR Simplot Co.$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$32,844
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

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.


In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10] Anderst received a score of -6 points in the 2013 index, ranking 32nd out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.


Anderst is married and has two children.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Schaefer (R)
Idaho House of Representatives District 12A
Succeeded by