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John Tippets

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John Tippets
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Idaho State Senate District 32
In office
February 2011 - Present
Term ends
November 30, 2016
Years in position 4
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
AppointedFebruary 2011
Appointed byGov. Butch Otter
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Idaho House of Representatives
1988 - 2000
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University
Master'sUtah State University
Date of birthJanuary 16, 1952
Place of birthOgden, Utah
Office website
John Tippets is a Republican member of the Idaho State Senate, representing District 32. He was first appointed to the chamber in February 2011 by Gov. Butch Otter.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Human Resources, Chair
Agricultural Affairs
Resources and Environment


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


Presidential preference


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

John Tippets endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]



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. Bob Fitzgerald was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent John H. Tippets was unopposed in the Republican primary. Fitzgerald was defeated by Tippets in the general election.[3][4][5][6]

Idaho State Senate, District 32, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn H. Tippets Incumbent 76.7% 9,930
     Democratic Bob Fitzgerald 23.3% 3,023
Total Votes 12,953


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Tippets won election in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 32. Tippets defeated R. Scott Workman in the Republican primary on May 15 and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9]

Idaho State Senate, District 32, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Tippets Incumbent 100% 16,969
Total Votes 16,969
Idaho State Senate District 32 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Tippets 57.1% 4,450
R. Scott Workman 42.9% 3,345
Total Votes 7,795

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Tippets is available dating back to 1990. Based on available campaign finance records, Tippets raised a total of $37,356 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 30, 2013.[10]

John Tippets's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho State Senate, District 32 Won $21,315
1998 Idaho State House, District 32B Won $6,585
1996 Idaho State House, District 32B Won $4,394
1994 Idaho State House, District 32B Won $2,812
1992 Idaho State House, District 32B Won $1,000
1990 Idaho State House, District 28B Won $1,250
Grand Total Raised $37,356


Tippets won election to the Idaho State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Tippets raised a total of $21,315.
Idaho State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Tippets's campaign in 2012
Micron Technology$1,000
Jr Simplot Co$1,000
Blue Cross of Idaho$1,000
Senate Republican Pac of Idaho$1,000
Idaho Hospital Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$21,315
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

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.


In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13] Tippets received a score of -68 points in the 2013 index, ranking 25th out of 35 members of the Idaho State Senate that were evaluated for the study.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dean Mortimer (R)
Idaho State Senate District 32
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Robert Geddes
Idaho Senate District 31
February 2011–2012
Succeeded by
Steve Bair (R)