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Roger Madsen
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Idaho Director of Labor
Former officeholder
In office
January 2, 1995 - November 15, 2013
Base salary$111,945
Elections and appointments
AppointedJanuary 2, 1995
Appointed byGovernor Phil Batt
Campaign $$97,908
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Idaho State Senate
1998-1990, 1992-1994
Bachelor'sWashington State University
Master'sAmerican Graduate School of International Management
J.D.Brigham Young University
Place of birthLogan, Utah
Office website
Roger Madsen is a former Idaho Director of Labor. He served in this position for eighteen years, from 1995 until 2013. As the director serves at the governor's pleasure, Madsen was not subject to periodic reappointment, except when a new governor took office.[1][2]

Madsen retired from office on November 15, 2013. He was succeeded by Ken Edmunds, who took office on November 25, 2013.[3][4]


Before becoming director of labor, Madsen was a member of the Idaho Senate from 1988 to 1990 and, again, from 1992 to 1994. He was an assistant attorney general at the Idaho Department of Employment from 1976 to 1980 and was an attorney and business consultant until his appointment in 1995.[5][1]


  • J.D., Brigham Young University
  • M.B.A., American Graduate School of International Management
  • MA, political science, Brigham Young University
  • B.A., political science and French, Washington State University

Political career

Director of Labor (1995-2013)

Federal jobless benefits

In November 2011, Madsen faced criticism and calls for his resignation after saying he did not support extending federal jobless benefits to Idaho as they have created a culture of entitlement and welfare. Gov. Butch Otter defended Madsen's statements while Idaho Democrats called for his resignation.[6]

Idaho Democratic Party chairman Larry Grant stated, “Madsen is advocating for the one percent (as all R’s do). It is actions by the one percent, such as these, that threw workers from the 99 percent into unemployment in the first place.” Madsen shot back, saying, “We are not Democrats or Republicans at the Idaho Department of Labor. We respect all Idahoans including the employed, the unemployed and the state’s business owners.”[7]

Idaho Senate (1988-1990, 1992-1994)



Madsen was re-appointed as Idaho Director of Labor by Gov. Butch Otter in 2007.[1]


Madsen was re-appointed as Idaho Director of Labor by Gov. James Risch in 2006.[1]


Madsen was re-appointed as Idaho Director of Labor by Gov. Dirk Kempthorne in 1999.[1]


Madsen was first appointed as Idaho Director of Labor by Gov. Phil Batt in 1995.[1]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Madsen is available dating back to 1990. Based on available campaign finance records, Madsen raised a total of $97,908 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 9, 2013.[8]

Roger Madsen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
1994 Idaho State Senate District 18 Won $23,320
1992 Idaho State Senate District 18 Won $56,046
1990 Idaho State Senate District 18 Defeated $18,542
Grand Total Raised $97,908

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Political offices
Preceded by
Idaho Director of Labor
Succeeded by
Ken Edmunds
Preceded by
Idaho State Senate
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