Julie Van Orden

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Julie Van Orden
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Idaho House of Representatives District 31B
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 elected2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Place of birthPocatello, ID
Office website
Julie Van Orden is a Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 31B. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2015
Agricultural Affairs
Education, Vice chair
Resources and Conservation


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


Campaign themes


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

  • Idaho Agriculture for Economic Stability
Excerpt: "In Idaho we protect our land and natural resources. Extremist environmental and animal rights agendas have no place in our state. Environmental lawsuits are putting our ranchers and farmers out of business by increasing production costs and disallowing productivity. Idaho decision makers must be willing to do all they can to curb this extreme, destabilizing agenda."
  • Education Reform
Excerpt: "Through the years as I volunteered in the classrooms throughout my school district I became aware of the demands and mandates enforced on teachers and administrators. It seemed to me that there was never a reduction in what was required, just a replacement or addition. With the increased amounts of technical knowledge and skills that teachers will be receiving, I would like to make it possible for them to rid their plates of the amount of requirements that have been building up over time."



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Idaho House of Representatives 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. Incumbent Julie Van Orden was unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[2][3][4][5]


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Van Orden won election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives District 31B. She defeated District 28B incumbent Jim Marriott in the Republican primary on May 15, 2012 and defeated Jeannie M. James (D)[6] in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 31B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJulie Van Orden 75.8% 12,989
     Democratic Jeannie M. James 24.2% 4,148
Total Votes 17,137
Idaho House of Representatives District 31B Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJulie Van Orden 62.4% 3,891
Jim Marriott 37.6% 2,340
Total Votes 6,231


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.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12] Van Orden received a score of -17 points in the 2013 index, ranking 39th out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Loertscher (R)
Idaho House of Representatives District 31B
Succeeded by