Melinda Smyser

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Melinda Smyser
Melinda Smyser.jpg
Idaho State Senate District 11
Former Member
In office
January 2009 - 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
AppointedJanuary 2009
Appointed byGov. Butch Otter
Term limitsN/A
High schoolMiddleton High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Idaho
Master'sCollege of Idaho
Date of birthOctober 29, 1958
Melinda Smyser is a former Republican member of the Idaho State Senate, representing District 11 from January 2009 to 2012. She was appointed in January 2009 to fill the vacancy left when Brad Little became the state's Lieutenant Governor.[1]

Smyser formerly served as a school district trustee. She holds a master’s degree in education from the College of Idaho. In 2008, Smyser was named “Canyon County Republican of the Year”.[2] She works as a Safe and Drug Free School Program Coordinator.

Smyser says that her attitude toward serving in the senate is, "Set the budget, get your work done and go home."[3]

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Redistricting placed District 13 incumbent Patti Anne Lodge (R) into District 11 with Smyser, leading to a potential 2012 faceoff between the two.[5] Smyser chose not to seek re-election.


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2010

Smyser had no opposition in the May 25 primary. She ran against Democratic candidate, Shannon L. Forrester, and Independent candidate, Kirsten Faith Richardson in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Smyser won her re-election race against Democrat Shannon L. Forrester and Independent Kirsten Faith Richardson.[6]

Idaho State Senate, District 11
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Melinda Smyser (R) 10,386 73.3%
Shannon Forrester (D) 2,822 19.9%
Kirsten Faith Richardson (I) 959 6.8%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Brad Little won re-election to the Idaho State Senate District 11 receiving 14,870 votes, ahead of Independent Kirsten Faith Richardson(4,309). In January 2009, Little became the Lieutenant Governor and Melinda Smyser was appointed to take his place.[7]

Idaho State Senate, District 11 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Brad Little (R) 14,870 77.5%
Kirsten Faith Richardson (Independent) 4,309 22.5%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Smyser received $47,941 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

District 11

Smyser represents Idaho Senate District 11. District 11 includes the northern half of Canyon County and all of Gem counties[9].


Melinda is married to Skip Smyser, who is a prominent attorney and lobbyist who served in the state senate from 1983-1990.[2] They live in Parma, Idaho and have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Idaho Senate District 11
Succeeded by
Patti Anne Lodge (R)