Shirley Ringo

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Shirley Ringo
Idaho House of Representatives District 5B
In office
1998-2000, 2002-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position (current service)12
Years in position (previous service)2
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWashington State University, 1962
Master'sWashington State University, 1965
BirthdayOctober 29, 1940
Place of birthFort Collins, CO
ProfessionTeacher (retired)
Office website
Campaign website
Shirley Ringo (b. October 29, 1940) is a Democratic member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 5B. She was first elected to the chamber in 2002, and served another term from 1998 to 2000.

Ringo is a Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Idaho. Ringo won the nomination in the Democratic primary on May 20, 2014.[1]

Ringo earned her B.S. from Washington State University in 1962 and her M.S. from Washington State in 1965. Her professional experience includes working as a public school teacher.

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary, Rules, and Administration
Transportation and Defense
Joint Finance-Appropriations
Joint Legislative Oversight


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


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


Campaign themes


Ringo's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Taxes
Excerpt: "Enact a law permitting a local option sales tax. Remove the sales tax on food. Eliminate ineffective and unfair exemptions. ...Improve funding for safe roads and bridges."
  • Health
Excerpt: "Assure access to affordable high quality healthcare. Increase community treatment for substance abuse and mental health."
  • Early Childhood
Excerpt: "Higher standards for childcare providers. Require school districts to offer kindergarten. Increase focus on pre-kindergarten education."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Work with educators on pay and teacher evaluation plans. Salary equity for university teachers and researchers. Improve financial aid for post-secondary education. Restore and improve support for K-12 and higher education."



See also: Idaho's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Ringo is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Idaho's 1st District. Ringo won the nomination in the Democratic primary on May 20, 2014.[1] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Idaho District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShirley Ringo 81.8% 9,025
Ryan Barone 18.2% 2,003
Total Votes 11,028
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.


See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ringo won re-election in District 5B due to redistricting. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 15 and defeated Kenneth B. De Vries in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 5B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngShirley Gene Ringo Incumbent 53.6% 10,739
     Republican Kenneth B. De Vries 46.4% 9,293
Total Votes 20,032


See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ringo won re-election to District Seat 6B in 2010 against Republican Isaac Young. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 25th. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[5]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 6B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Shirley Ringo (D) 6,748 55.4%
Isaac Young (R) 5,424 44.6%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Shirley Ringo won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 6B receiving 57.6% of the vote (9,773 votes), ahead of Republican Rob Hassoldt who received 42.4% of the vote (7,187 votes).[6]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 6B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Shirley Ringo (D) 9,773 57.6%
Rob Hassoldt (R) 7,187 42.4%

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Shirley Ringo's reports.

Shirley Ringo (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[7]January 31, 2014$0$42,913$(28,288)$14,624
April Quarterly[8]April 15, 2014$14,624$39,652$(40,483)$13,793
Pre-Primary[9]May 8, 2014$13,793$16,156$(21,124)$8,825
Running totals


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Ringo was up for re-election, she collected $14,580 in donations.[10]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

Idaho House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Shirley Ringo's campaign in 2010
Moscow Cares$1,000
Communications Workers Of America$1,000
Idaho Education Association$1,000
Idaho Power Co$750
Wallis, James G$500
Total Raised in 2010 $14,580


In 2008, Ringo raised $30,220.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to her campaign.[11]

Donor Amount
Shirley Ringo $5,000
Idaho Education Association $2,000
Phyllis Solomon $1,000
Phyllis Solomon $1,000
CMTE to Elect Wendy Jaquet $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.[12]


In 2012, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[13]

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.[14] Ringo received a score of 0 points in the 2013 index, ranking 70th out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.


Ringo and her husband, John, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Henderson (R)
Idaho House of Representatives District 5B
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Idaho House of Representatives District 6B
1998-2000, 2002–2012
Succeeded by
John Rusche (D)