Pete Nielsen

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Pete Nielsen
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Idaho House of Representatives District 23B
Incumbent
In office
2002-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 12
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Personal
BirthdayMarch 15, 1938
Place of birthBurley, ID
ProfessionLife and Health Insurance Agent/Farmer
ReligionLDS
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Milton Nielsen (b. March 15, 1938) is a Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 23B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Nielsen's professional experience includes working as an insurance agent and a farmer.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Vice Chair
Environment, Energy, and Technology
Judiciary, Rules, and Administration

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

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

Pete Nielsen endorsed Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential election. [1]

Elections

2014

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. "Spike" R.L. Ericson was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Pete Nielsen defeated Steven Millington in the Republican primary. Nielsen defeated Ericson and CJ Nemeth (I) in the general election.[2][3][4]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 23B, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPete Nielsen Incumbent 66.9% 6,212
     Independent "Spike" R.L. Ericson 21.9% 2,032
Total Votes 9,288
Idaho House of Representatives, District 23B Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPete Nielsen Incumbent 51% 2,048
Steven Millington 49% 1,965
Total Votes 4,013

2012

See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Nielsen won re-election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives. Due to redistricting, he ran in District 23B. He defeated Matthew Bundy and Steven Millington in the Republican primary and defeated Pam Chiarella (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 23B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPete Nielsen Incumbent 66.5% 9,037
     Democratic Pam Chiarella 33.5% 4,556
Total Votes 13,593
Idaho House of Representatives District 23B Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPete Nielsen 45.7% 2,225
Matthew Bundy 30.8% 1,498
Steven Millington 23.5% 1,144
Total Votes 4,867

2010

See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Nielsen won re-election to District Seat 22B in 2010 with no opposition. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 25th. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[8]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 22B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Pete Nielsen (R) 6,550 100.0%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Republican Milton Nielsen won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 22B receiving 63.9% of the vote (7,310 votes), ahead of Democrat Rosemary Ardinger who received 36.1% of the vote (4,133 votes).[9]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 22B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Milton Nielsen (R) 7,310 63.9%
Rosemary Ardinger (D) 4,133 36.1%


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nielsen is available dating back to 1990. Based on available campaign finance records, Nielsen raised a total of $54,198 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[10]

Pete Nielsen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho House, District 23B Won $11,552
2010 Idaho House, District 22B Won $5,226
2008 Idaho House, District 22B Won $9,487
2006 Idaho House, District 22B Won $12,287
2004 Idaho House, District 22B Won $8,605
2002 Idaho House, District 22B Won $3,840
1998 Idaho Senate, District 20 Defeated $1,790
1996 Idaho Senate, District 20 Defeated $1,411
Grand Total Raised $54,198

2012

Nielsen won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Nielsen raised a total of $11,552.
Idaho House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Pete Nielsen's campaign in 2012
Idaho Farm Bureau$1,500
Idaho Power Co.$1,500
McCallam, Teresa M.$1,000
Casa Del Norte$1,000
Idaho Potato Industry$600
Total Raised in 2012$11,552
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which Nielsen was up for re-election, he collected $5,226 in donations.[11]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Idaho House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Pete Nielsen's campaign in 2010
Winning For Idaho$1,000
Idaho Dental Association$500
Walgreens$350
Qwest Communications$300
Idaho Healthcare Association$250
Total Raised in 2010 $5,226

2008

In 2008, Nielsen raised $9,487.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign.[12]

Donor Amount
Freedom Fund $1,000
Idaho Republican Party $1,000

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Idaho

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2013

In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[13]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "impacting economic freedom in the state."

2012

In 2012, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[14]

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.[15] Nielsen received a score of 111 points in the 2013 index, ranking 7th out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.

Personal

Nielsen and his wife, Connie, have eight children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen Hartgen (R)
Idaho House of Representatives District 23B
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Idaho House of Representatives District 22B
2002–2012
Succeeded by
Jason Monks (R)