Jim Guthrie (Idaho)

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Jim Guthrie
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Idaho State Senate District 28
In office
December 1, 2012-Present
Term ends
November 30, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Idaho House of Representatives District 29B
High schoolMarsh Valley High School
Date of birthJuly 13, 1955
Place of birthPocatello, ID
Office website
Campaign website
Jim Guthrie (b. July 13, 1955) is a Republican member of the Idaho State Senate, representing District 28. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. He previously served in the Idaho House of Representatives from 2010 to 2012.


Guthrie's professional experience includes owning a ranch.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Guthrie served on the following committees:

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2015
Local Government and Taxation
Joint Finance-Appropriations


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


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


Campaign themes


Guthrie's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Proper Role of Government
Excerpt: "There is increasing unrest among citizens about federal spending and programs that unfairly obligate and burden Idahoans. As a member of the legislature I will advocate for the rights of our state as guaranteed by the constitution."
  • Economic Development
Excerpt: "Future strength of state revenue streams is dependent on a business, industry, and agricultural environment that promotes strong economic development and stable employment opportunities. We must move forward with the mindset that the private sector, not the government, will be the catalyst that leads us to economic recovery and enhanced revenue for the needs of government."
  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "We are fortunate that Idaho is mandated by law to have a balanced budget and therefore doesn’t fall into the trap of deficit spending. As difficult as is has been to deal with a funding stream that has been compromised, it would be selfish to leave future generations with the financial problems spending money you don’t have creates."
  • Education Funding
Excerpt: "Our public education system, like all other state funded agencies has felt the effects of a 700 million dollar loss of revenue. It has been well documented that education was the last to be cut and I will be a strong advocate that they will be the first to have funding restored as soon as possible."



See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Idaho State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Lin Whitworth was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Jim Guthrie was unopposed in the Republican primary. Guthrie was unchallenged in the general election after Whitworth withdrew on June 30.[2][3][4][5]


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Guthrie won election in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 28. He defeated W. Rusty Barlow in the Republican primary on May 15 and defeated Dave Finkelnburg (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Idaho State Senate, District 28, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Guthrie 66.1% 13,087
     Democratic Dave Finkelnburg 33.9% 6,707
Total Votes 19,794
Idaho State Senate District 28 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Guthrie 65.3% 2,244
W. Rusty Barlow 34.7% 1,192
Total Votes 3,436


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Guthrie was unopposed in the primary on May 25th. He defeated Democrat Greg Anderson in the general election on November 2, 2010.[9]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 29B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Guthrie (R) 8,424 59.8%
Greg Anderson (D) 5,668 40.2%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Guthrie is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Guthrie raised a total of $123,454 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 30, 2013.[10]

Jim Guthrie's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho State Senate, District 28 Won $59,275
2010 Idaho State House, District 29B Won $24,440
2006 Idaho State Senate, District 29 Defeated $39,739
Grand Total Raised $123,454


Guthrie won election to the Idaho State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Guthrie raised a total of $59,275.


In 2010, a year in which Guthrie was up for re-election, he collected $24,440 in donations.[11]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


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]

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] Guthrie received a score of -60 points in the 2013 index, ranking 18th out of 35 members of the Idaho State Senate that were evaluated for the study.


Guthrie and his wife, Barbara, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Bair (R)
Idaho State Senate District 28
Succeeded by
Preceded by
James Ruchti
Idaho House of Representatives District 29B
Succeeded by
Elaine Smith (D)