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Robert Schaefer

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Robert Schaefer
Idaho House of Representatives District 12A
Former Member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Idaho, 1967
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1957-1961
Date of birthJuly 21, 1936
Place of birthNampa, ID
ProfessionArchitect, Schaefer Association
ReligionLutheran Church--Missouri Synod
Office website
Robert Schaefer, Sr. (b. July 21, 1936) is a former Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 12A since 2006.

Schaefer graduated with his Bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho in 1967. Schaefer served on active duty in the United States Air Force from 1957 to 1961.

In addition to being a representative, Schaefer is also an architect.

Before becoming a representative, Schaefer was a member of the Nampa School Board from 1979 to 1980 and served on the Nampa Zoning Commission from 1984 to 1995.

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Schaefer ran in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 12. He was defeated by Todd Lakey in the Republican primary on May 15.[2][3]

Idaho State Senate District 12 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Lakey 61.4% 1,975
Robert E. Schaefer 38.6% 1,242
Total Votes 3,217


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Schaefer won re-election to District Seat 12A in 2010 against Democrat Maria G. Mabbutt. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 25th. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[4]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 12A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Schaefer (R) 5,559 67.2%
Maria Mabbutt (D) 2,709 32.8%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Robert Schaefer won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 12A receiving 62.5% of the vote (7,973 votes), ahead of Democrat Richard Mabbutt who received 37.5% of the vote (4,781 votes).[5]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 12A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Schaefer (R) 7,973 62.5%
Richard Mabbutt (D) 4,781 37.5%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Schaefer was up for re-election, he collected $7,300 in donations.[6]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Idaho House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robert Schaefer's campaign in 2010
Canyon County Republican Central Cmte$2,000
Micron Technology$500
Idaho Association Of Realtors$500
Total Raised in 2010 $7,300


In 2008, Schaefer raised $20,050.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign.[7]

Donor Amount
Canyon County Republican Central CMTE $2,000
Idaho Farm Bureau $1,200
Employers Insurance Co. of Nevada $1,000
Idaho Medical Association $1,000
Idaho Association of Realtors $1,000


Robert is married to Betty Schaefer. They have two children and they reside in Nampa, Idaho.

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Preceded by
Idaho House of Representatives District 12A
Succeeded by
Robert Anderst (R)