Roy Lacey

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Roy Lacey
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Idaho State Senate District 29
In office
December 1, 2012-Present
Term ends
November 30, 2016
Years in position 5
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Idaho House of Representatives District 30A
Date of birthNovember 5, 1947
Place of birthPocatello, ID
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Campaign website
Roy Lacey (b. November 5, 1947) is a Democratic member of the Idaho State Senate, representing District 29. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. He previously served in the Idaho House of Representatives from 2010 to 2012.


Lacey's professional experience includes working as Vice President of Operations for the Idaho Foodbank, for Roy's Western Wear and with the Union Pacific Railroad.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Lacey served on the following committees:

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2015
Resources and Environment
Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment
Joint Finance-Appropriations


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


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


Campaign themes


Lacey's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Keep ISU a High Priority

  • Excerpt: "I will continue to press for adequate funding for higher education, and I will continue to work with ISU administrators and other legislators to make sure ISU receives its fair share of state funding to keep our opportunities affordable."

Support K-12 District 25

  • Excerpt: "We must ensure that we are meeting the requirements of Idaho's Constitution to adequately fund our public schools. More and more of those costs are being pushed down to the local level in the form of levies and other fees."

Keep Pocatello (and Idaho) Competitive

  • Excerpt: "Local businesses that flourish provide jobs in our community and we need to ensure that each is given a fair chance to succeed. The competitive advantage enjoyed by internet or catalog sales must be eliminated as we level the playing field and give necessary assistance to our local stores."

Welcome New Business

  • Excerpt: "New business stimulates the economy, provides jobs for our best and brightest college graduates and brings much needed revenue to our local business. We must develop an attitude that will attract new companies to locate in our great State."


  • Excerpt: "This is one of our most vulnerable populations, as incomes are fixed and medical and other expenses which come with the “golden years” are quickly outpacing the ability to pay. We must protect this segment of our population."



See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Idaho State Senate 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. Incumbent Roy Lacey was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while write-in candidate Kert Howard defeated write-in candidate Tom Katsilometes (R) in the Republican primary. Lacey defeated Howard in the general election.[2][3][4][5]

Idaho State Senate, District 29, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRoy Lacey Incumbent 55.4% 6,193
     Republican Kert Howard 44.6% 4,978
Total Votes 11,171
Idaho State Senate, District 29 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKert Howard 78.5% 518
Tom Katsilometes 21.5% 142
Total Votes 660


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Lacey won election in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 29. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 15 and defeated Greg Romriell (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Idaho State Senate, District 29, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRoy Lacey 53.8% 9,494
     Republican Greg Romriell 46.2% 8,142
Total Votes 17,636


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Lacey was unopposed in the primary on May 25th. He defeated Brian P. Nugent in the general election on November 2, 2010.[8]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 30A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Roy Lacey (D) 5,315 58.2%
Brian P. Nugent (R) 3,820 41.8%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lacey is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Lacey raised a total of $33,337 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 30, 2013.[9]

Roy Lacey's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho State Senate, District 29 Won $22,372
2010 Idaho State House, District 30A Won $10,965
Grand Total Raised $33,337


Lacey won election to the Idaho State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Lacey raised a total of $22,372.


In 2010, a year in which Lacey was up for re-election, he collected $10,965 in donations.[10]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


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.[11]

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


In 2012, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[12]

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.[13] Lacey received a score of -70 points in the 2013 index, ranking 26th out of 35 members of the Idaho State Senate that were evaluated for the study.


Lacey and his wife, Renee, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Diane Bilyeu (D)
Idaho State Senate District 29
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Donna Boe
Idaho House of Representatives District 30A
Succeeded by
Jeffrey Thompson (R)