Thomas Loertscher

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Thomas Loertscher
Idaho House of Representatives District 32B
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 10
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Commissioner, Bonneville County
Bachelor'sUniversity of Utah
BirthdayJanuary 4, 1944
Place of birthPark City, UT
Office website
Campaign website
Thomas F. Loertscher (b. January 4, 1944) is a Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 32B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004 and previously served from 1996 to 2002.


Loretscher earned his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Utah. His professional experience includes working as a rancher.

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
State Affairs, Chair
Commerce and Human Resources


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



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. Ashlee F. Stalcup was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Tom Loertscher was unopposed in the Republican primary. Stalcup will face Loertscher in the general election.[1][2][3]


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Loertscher won re-election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives. Due to redistricting, he ran in District 32B. He defeated Kelton L. Larsen and Franklyn G. Vilt Sr. in the Republican primary and defeated Ralph Mossman (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6][7]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 32B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Loertscher Incumbent 73.7% 14,416
     Democratic Ralph Mossman 26.3% 5,147
Total Votes 19,563
Idaho House of Representatives District 32B Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Loertscher 54.4% 4,257
Kelton Larsen 30.1% 2,356
Franklyn G. Vilt Sr. 15.4% 1,206
Total Votes 7,819


See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Loertscher won re-election to District Seat 31B in 2010 against Democrat Ralph Mossman. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 25th. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[8]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 31B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Loertscher (R) 9,965 68.4%
Ralph Mossman (D) 4,597 31.6%


See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Republican Thomas Loertscher won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 31B receiving 98.2% of the vote (15,421 votes), ahead of Independent Ralph Mossman who received 1.8% of the vote (289 votes).[9]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 31B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Loertscher (R) 15,421 98.2%
Ralph Mossman (Independent) 289 1.8%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Loertscher was up for re-election, he collected $18,600 in donations.[10]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Idaho House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thomas Loertscher's campaign in 2010
Idaho Farm Bureau$1,550
Idaho Telecom Alliance$1,000
Bonneville County Republican Central Cmte$1,000
Idaho Hospital Association$1,000
Blue Cross Of Idaho$750
Total Raised in 2010 $18,600


In 2008, Loertscher raised $22,680.

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

Donor Amount
Idaho Veterinary Medical Association $1,000
House Republican Victory Fund of Idaho $1,000
Winning for Idaho $1,000
Stan Hawkins $1,000
Employers Resource of America $1,000
PacifiCorp $1,000
Idaho Chooses Life Pac $1,000


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.

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In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14] Loertscher received a score of 49 points in the 2013 index, ranking 28th out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.


Loertscher and his wife, Linda, have eight children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Erik Simpson (R)
Idaho House of Representatives District 32B
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Idaho House of Representatives District 31B
Succeeded by
Julie Van Orden (R)