John L. Gannon

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John L. Gannon
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Idaho House of Representatives District 17A
In office
December 1, 2012-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 2
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Idaho House of Representative
Bachelor'sUniversity of California-Davis
J.D.Hastings College of Law, University of California
Military service
Service/branchUS Army Reserve
ProfessionRoss, CA
Office website
John L. Gannon is a Democratic member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 17A. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
State Affairs
Transportation and Defense


Campaign themes


Gannon's campaign website described the following issue:[1]

Excerpt: "The most direct contact many people have with government is the school system both as a student and later as a parent. Education is personal. That is why I support local school board decision making, based upon educator, parent and public involvement. Local government is a place where parents, school personnel and taxpayers have a direct and personal impact on important decisions."



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. Incumbent John Gannon defeated Carrie Semmelroth in the Democratic primary and will face Paul D. Hautzinger (L) in the general election.[2][3]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 17A Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn L. Gannon Incumbent 65.1% 1,009
Carrie Semmelroth 34.9% 540
Total Votes 1,549


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gannon ran in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives District 17A. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 15, 2012, as incumbent Bill Killen ran but dropped out of the race on March 13.[4] Gannon defeated Kreed Ray Kleinkopf (R) and Gus Voss (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 17A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn L. Gannon 56.6% 8,959
     Republican Kreed Ray Kleinkopf 31.5% 4,988
     Independent Gus Voss 11.9% 1,886
Total Votes 15,833

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gannon is available dating back to 1990. Based on available campaign finance records, Gannon raised a total of $39,873 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[7]

John L. Gannon's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho House, District 17A Won $18,671
2002 Idaho House, District 17B Defeated $4,596
1992 Idaho House, District 17A Defeated $7,128
1990 Idaho House, District 17A Won $9,478
Grand Total Raised $39,873


Gannon won election to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Gannon raised a total of $18,671.
Idaho House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John L. Gannon's campaign in 2012
Gannon, John (also filed as Gannon, John L)$5,816
Idaho Education Association$1,000
Killen for House$720
Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho$500
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$500
Total Raised in 2012$18,671
Source:Follow the Money


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.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Idaho scorecards, email suggestions to

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In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10] Gannon received a score of -66 points in the 2013 index, ranking 58th out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Killen (D)
Idaho House of Representatives District 17A
Succeeded by