Celia Gould

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Celia Gould
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Idaho Director of Agriculture
In office
January 2, 2007 - Present
Years in position 8
Base salary$113,027
Elections and appointments
AppointedDecember 2006
Appointed byGovernor Butch Otter (R)
Campaign $$177,238
Term limitsN/A
High schoolBuhl High School
Bachelor'sBoise State University
Master'sBoise State University
Date of birthNovember 27, 1957
Place of birthTwin Falls, Idaho
ProfessionOwner/Operator, Glenndale Ranches
Office website
Celia Gould (b. November 27, 1957) is the current Director of Agriculture in Idaho. She has served in this position since January 2, 2007. Although agriculture director is a nonpartisan position, Gould is a member of the Republican Party.[1]


Gould is a native of Twin Falls, Idaho. She holds a B.A. in political science and a Master's of Public Administration from Boise State University.[1]

In addition to her duties as Idaho Director of Agriculture, Gould owns and operates a third generation farm and ranching operation, GlennDale Ranches, in Buhl, ID.[1]


  • Buhl High School
  • B.A., Political Science, Boise State University
  • Master's, Public Administration, Boise State University

Political career

Idaho Director of Agriculture (2007–Present)

Gould was appointed state Director of Agriculture by Governor Butch Otter effective January 2, 2007. As director, she heads the Idaho Department of Agriculture, which regulates and promotes the state's agriculture industry.

In Idaho, the governor appoints the director, who is subject to confirmation by a majority vote of the Idaho Senate.[2]

Idaho House of Representatives (1996-2002)

Gould was a Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives from 1996 to 2002.[3] She served on the Agricultural Affairs, Education, Revenue and Taxation committees, and as Chair of the Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee.[4]



Gould was appointed as Idaho Director of Agriculture by Gov. Butch Otter (R) in December 2006 and took office on January 2, 2007. As the director of agriculture serves at the governor's pleasure, Gould is not subject to periodic reappointment.[1]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gould is available dating back to 1990. Based on available campaign finance records, Gould raised a total of $177,238 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 9, 2013.[5]

Celia Gould's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2002 Lieutenant Governor of Idaho Defeated $137,241
2000 Idaho State House District 22 Won $9,500
1998 Idaho State House District 22 Won $6,400
1996 Idaho State House District 22 Won $3,450
1994 Idaho State House District 22 Won $4,145
1992 Idaho State House District 22 Won $11,164
1990 Idaho State House District 23 Won $5,338
Grand Total Raised $177,238


Gould resides in Buhl, Idaho. She and husband Bruce Newcomb have five children and eight grandchildren.[6][1]

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Idaho Director of Agriculture
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