Robert Geddes

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Robert Geddes
Idaho State Senate, District 31
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
January 2011
Political party Republican
Profession Chairman of the Idaho Tax Commission
Robert L. Geddes (b. November 14, 1955) is the Chair of the Idaho Tax Commission.[1] He was appointed to this position by Gov. Butch Otter on January 18, 2011. Prior to his appointment, Geddes served as a Republican member of the Idaho State Senate, representing District 31 from 1996 to 2011 and was President Pro Tempore.

Geddes graduated with his Bachelor's degree in Geology from Utah State University in 1981.

In addition to being a Senator, Geddes is an Environmental Engineer for Monsato.

Committee assignments

Cameron was a member of these committees:


Selling the Governor's mansion

Grant Burgoyne drafted legislation that would force the state to sell the Governor's mansion. Self-made billionaire J.R. Simplot donated the Simplot Mansion to the state in December of 2004.

“I intend to introduce legislation to sell the governor’s mansion if I am re-elected,” said Burgoyne in an Oct. 28 debate with Perez.

This hilltop home boasts a nice view of Boise and was valued at $2.8 million Simplot gave it to the state. It is unused at this time.

The fund paying for upkeep of the house – mowing, watering, and electricity – is running out. The fund, money saved from the sale of a previous governor’s mansion, began with $1.5 million in the coffers, but has since dwindled to a little more than $1 million, according to reports.

Robert Geddes said that anyone working on legislation to sell the mansion should be respectful to the Simplot family. “Is it an option to sell it?” asked Geddes.

“Yes, I think that’s an option, but we need to extend courtesy to the Simplot family and ask them about it. Maybe even offer it back to them,” said Geddes.[3]



See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2010

Geddes had no opposition in the May 25 primary. He was unopposed in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Idaho State Senate, District 31 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Geddes (R) 12,336 100.0%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Robert Geddes won re-election to the Idaho State Senate, District 31 receiving 16,225 votes. He ran unopposed.[5]

Idaho State Senate, District 31 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Geddes (R) 16,225

Campaign donors


In 2008, Geddes collected $46,650 in donations.[6]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Idaho Farm Bureau $2,000
Jr. Simplot Co. $2,000
Idaho Association of Realtors $2,000
Wal-Mart $2,000

District 31

Geedes represented Idaho Senate District 31. Senate District 31 includes all of Caribou County[7].


Robert is married to Tammy Geddes. They have five children and reside in Soda Springs, Idaho.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Idaho Senate District 31
1996–January 2011
Succeeded by
John Tippets