Branden J. Durst

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Branden J. Durst
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Idaho State Senate District 18
Former Member
In office
December 1, 2012 - December 1, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Idaho House of Representatives
District 18A
Bachelor'sPacific Lutheran University, 2003
Master'sBoise State University, 2007
Date of birth1/15/1980
Place of birthBoise, ID
Branden J. Durst is a former Democratic member of the Idaho State Senate, representing District 18 from 2012 to December 1, 2013. He resigned to focus on his family, as he was splitting time between living in Boise and Seattle.[1]

Durst served in the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 18A from 2006 to 2010.


Durst earned his B.S. in Political Science from Pacific Lutheran in 2003 and his M.S. from Boise State University in 2007. His professional experience includes working as a Research Analyst for Opinion Research Northwest, Policy Intern for the American Counseling Association and in the Consumer Protection Division for the Washington Attorney General's Office.

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Agricultural Affairs
Commerce and Human Resources


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Durst was a member of the following committees:


Campaign themes


Durst's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Small Business Support Fund
  • Reject the Luna Laws
  • Open and Ethical Government
  • Boise School District Levy
  • Stop Forced Ultrasounds



See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Durst won election in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 18. Durst defeated Matthew Duncan in the May 15 Democratic primary and defeated incumbent Mitch Toryanski (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Idaho State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBranden J. Durst 53.5% 11,292
     Republican Mitch Toryanski Incumbent 46.5% 9,796
Total Votes 21,088
Idaho State Senate District 18 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBranden J. Durst 77.1% 1,078
Matthew Duncan 22.9% 321
Total Votes 1,399


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2010

Durst was a Democratic candidate for District 18 of the Idaho State Senate. He had no opposition in the May 25 primary. He lost to Mitch Toryanski in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Brandon Durst won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 18A receiving 51.1% of the vote (9,653 votes), ahead of Republican Julie Ellsworth who received 48.9% of the vote (9,222 votes).[7]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 18A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Brandon Durst (D) 9,653 51.1%
Julie Ellsworth (R) 9,222 48.9%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Durst is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Durst raised a total of $124,680 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 30, 2013.[8]

Branden J. Durst's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho State Senate, District 18 Won $35,873
2010 Idaho State Senate, District 18 Defeated $46,734
2008 Idaho State House, District 18A Won $31,653
2006 Idaho State House, District 18A Won $10,420
Grand Total Raised $124,680


Durst won election to the Idaho State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Durst raised a total of $35,873.


In 2008, Durst raised $31,653.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign.[9]

Donor Amount
Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho $2,184
Idaho Education Association $2,000
Communications Workers of America $2,000
Idaho State AFL-CIO $1,500
Central Trades Solidarity Pac $1,000
Chasan & Walton $1,000
Rusche for Representative $1,000
Idaho Trial Lawyers Association $1,000
Boise Fire Fighters Local 149 $1,000
CMTE to Elect Nicole LeFavour $1,000
CMTE to RE-Elect Wendy Jacquet $1,000
Verna A. Peisen $1,000


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] Durst received a score of 49 points in the 2013 index, ranking 8th out of 35 members of the Idaho State Senate that were evaluated for the study.


Branden and his wife, Jamie, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mitch Toryanski (R)
Idaho State Senate District 18
2012–December 2013
Succeeded by
Janie Ward-Engelking (D)
Preceded by
Idaho House District 18A
Succeeded by
Julie Ellsworth