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Jeffrey Thompson, Idaho Representative

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Jeffrey Thompson
Idaho House of Representatives District 30A
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 6
Base salary$16,116/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLiberty University, 1986
Master'sIdaho State University, 2006
BirthdaySeptember 16, 1963
Place of birthHarlingen, TX
ProfessionConsultant, Idaho National Laboratory
Office website
Campaign website
Jeffrey Thompson (b. September 16, 1963) is a Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 30A. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Thompson earned his B.S. in Finance from Liberty University in 1986 and his M.S. in Human Resource Development from Idaho State University in 2006. His professional experience includes working as a consultant for the Idaho National Laboratory.

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Business, Vice Chair
Environment, Energy, and Technology
Joint Finance-Appropriations


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


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


Campaign themes


Thompson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Strengthening Education
Excerpt: "In order to ensure that the money we spend on education is used efficiently, we must address the issue of School District Consolidation. There are more school districts in Idaho than in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado combined."
  • Revitalizing our Economy
Excerpt: "It has always made sense to me that just as individuals and businesses must stay lean in lean times, the government must also reduce expenditures and operate efficiently. Business must not be burdened, but rather enabled by government policies."
  • Maintaining the Proper Role of Government
Excerpt: "The federal government should provide protection, not direction.State government has the duty to execute on those roles that are outlined in the State Constitution. The community should govern at the community level – the government closest to the people is that which governs best."
  • Preserving Family Values
  • Encouraging Support for the Idaho National Laboratory

Higher education

Rep. Thompson sponsored the measure to fund the four-year public universities and colleges with $209 million in FY 2012, which passed on a 47-21 vote during the 2011 session. That budget is a $7.6 million reduction from fiscal year 2011.

Though state support dropped, budgets for universities and colleges increased by about 5 percent, because of the addition of various funding measures, including student fees. In fiscal year 2011, this budget received $377.6 million in total funding, a number that will jump to $396.7 million in fiscal year 2012.

Rep. Thomas Trail said professors are fleeing the state for other institutions.

“We are just not adequately supporting higher education” said Trail.

Rep. Phylis King said businesses often open new operations in areas of the country that are able to provide an educated workforce. King argued that continual education cuts would cause businesses to be wary to move to the Gem State.

“We are not providing that [an educated workforce] when we cut * Education,” said King.

Rep. Grant Burgoyne said “our best and brightest are leaving us” because of cuts. He said that the state is not funding enough education to keep up with the global economy. “America must be No. 1, but we are not doing our job,” said Burgoyne.[2]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Jeffrey Thompson, Idaho Representative endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [3]



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Idaho House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on May 20, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. Incumbent Jeff Thompson will face Steve Yates in the Republican primary. David G. Hay is running as a Constitution Party candidate.[4]


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Thompson won re-election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives. Due to redistricting, he ran in District 30A. He defeated Trimelda Concepcion McDaniels in the Republican primary[5] and defeated David G. Hay (C) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 30A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeffrey Thompson Incumbent 83.4% 14,533
     Constitution David G. Hay 16.6% 2,884
Total Votes 17,417
Idaho House of Representatives District 30A Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeffrey Thompson 86.8% 3,341
Trimelda Concepcion McDaniels 13.2% 507
Total Votes 3,848


Thompson's website lists the following endorsements, among others:[9]

  • My wife, Chanin Bargelski Thompson
  • Speaker of the House, Lawerence Denney
  • Senator Dean Mortimer
  • Representative Janice McGeachin
  • Bonneville County Commissioner Roger Christensen


See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Thompson won re-election to District Seat 33A in 2010 against Democrat Jerry Shively. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 25th. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[10]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 33A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent

Green check mark transparent.png Jeffrey Thompson (R) 5,411 52.6%
Jerry Shively (D) 4,881 47.4%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Jeffery Thompson won the election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 33A receiving 50.9% of the vote (7,465 votes), ahead of Democrat Jerry Shively who received 49.1% of the vote (7,195 votes).[11]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 33A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent

Green check mark transparent.png Jeffery Thompson (R) 7,465 50.9%
Jerry Shively (D) 7,195 49.1%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thompson is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Thompson raised a total of $99,475 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[12]

Jeffrey Thompson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho House, District 30A Won $33,715
2010 Idaho House, District 33A Won $38,100
2008 Idaho House, District 33A Won $27,660
Grand Total Raised $99,475


Thompson won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Thompson raised a total of $33,715.


In 2010, a year in which Thompson was up for re-election, he collected $38,100 in donations.[13]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


In 2008, Thompson raised $27,660.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign.[14]

Donor Amount
Idaho Republican Party $2,000
Bonneville County Republicans $1,704
Melaleuca Inc. $1,500
Freedom Fund $1,000
Roberts for Representative $1,000
Doyle Beck $1,000
Bart Davis for Idaho Senate $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.[15] Thompson received a score of -16 points in the 2013 index, ranking 38th out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.


Thompson has a wife, Chanin.

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Preceded by
Roy Lacey (D)
Idaho House of Representatives District 30A
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Idaho House of Representatives District 33A
Succeeded by
Janet Trujillo (R)