Paul Shepherd

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Paul Shepherd
Idaho House of Representatives District 7B
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 10
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
BirthdayDecember 21, 1942
Place of birthBoise, ID
ProfessionPartner/Manager, Shepherd Sawmill and Log Homes
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Campaign website
Paul E. Shepherd is a Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 7B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Shepherd's professional experience includes owning a log-cabin home business.

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Transportation and Defense, Vice Chair
Resources and Conservation


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


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



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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Kenneth Murray Meyers was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Paul E. Shepherd was unopposed in the Republican primary. Meyers will face Shepherd in the general election.[1][2][3]


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Shepherd won re-election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives. Due to redistricting, he ran in District 7B. He was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Nancy Lerandeau (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 7B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Shepherd Incumbent 67.3% 12,095
     Democratic Nancy Lerandeau 32.7% 5,882
Total Votes 17,977


See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Shepherd won re-election to District Seat 8B in 2010 against Democrat Jerry Lockhart. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 25th. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[6]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 8B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Shepherd (R) 10,016 70.2%
Jerry Lockhart (D) 4,259 29.8%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Paul Shepherd won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 8B receiving 58.9% of the vote (10,979 votes), ahead of Democrat Jim Rehder who received 41.1% of the vote (7,649 votes).[7]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 8B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Shepherd (R) 10,979 58.9%
Jim Rehder (D) 7,649 41.1%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Shepherd was up for re-election, he collected $15,430 in donations.[8]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Idaho House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Shepherd's campaign in 2010
Idaho Farm Bureau$2,000
Winning For Idaho$1,000
Idaho Association For Good Government$750
Qwest Communications$700
Avista Corp$550
Total Raised in 2010 $15,430


In 2008, Shepherd raised $33,565.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign.[9]

Donor Amount
Idaho Farm Bureau $2,000
Idaho Republican Party $2,000
Roberts for Representative $1,000
Freedom Fund $1,000
Lawrence E. & Donna M. Denny $1,000
House Republican Caucus of Idaho $1,000
Idaho Association for Good Government $1,000
Micron Technology $1,000
Idaho Chooses Life Pac $1,000
Clearwater County Republican Central CMTE $1,000


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]


In 2012, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[11]

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] Shepherd received a score of 90 points in the 2013 index, ranking 13th out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.


Shepherd and his wife, Dawn, have nine children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Rusche (D)
Idaho House of Reresentatives District 7B
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Idaho House of Representatives District 8B
Succeeded by
Lenore Barrett (R)