Todd Lakey

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Todd Lakey
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Idaho State Senate District 12
In office
December 1, 2012-Present
Term ends
November 30, 2016
Years in position 3
State Senate Majority Caucus Leader
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
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University, 1990
J.D.Lewis and Clark Law School, 1993
ProfessionOwner, Borton-Lakey Law Office
Office website
Todd M. Lakey is a Republican member of the Idaho State Senate, representing District 12. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. He currently serves as State Senate Majority Caucus Leader.


Lakey earned his B.S. in International Business from Brigham Young University in 1990 and his J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1993. His professional experience includes working as an attorney and owning his own law office.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce and Human Resources
State Affairs
Change in Employee Compensation


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


Campaign themes

Lakey's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]


  • Excerpt: "I support policies that will encourage business development, innovation and expansion. As a small business owner, I understand the importance of a strong stable economy and the need to establish an atmosphere where private business and industry can grow and create good paying jobs for Idahoans."


  • Excerpt: "Keeping taxes low allows individuals, families and businesses to invest in their future and support Idaho’s economy. Managing government budgets starts by eliminating government waste, not taxing citizens and businesses to maintain bureaucracy."


  • Excerpt: "I am a husband and father of five and I know that the family is the foundation of a successful society. I am a Pro-life Republican who will protect traditional family values."


  • Excerpt: "Government’s role is to provide an environment where businesses and individuals can thrive. Government over regulation stifles our economy and the limits the opportunities available for people to be successful. I also understand the importance of personal property rights, second amendment rights and other individual freedoms. Idaho’s natural resources are best managed within Idaho not from Washington D.C."



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. Write-in candidate Heidi J. Knittel was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Todd Lakey defeated Lee Rice in the Republican primary. Knittel was defeated by Lakey in the general election.[3][4][5][6]

Idaho State Senate, District 12, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Lakey Incumbent 68.6% 6,615
     Democratic Heidi J. Knittel 31.4% 3,021
Total Votes 9,636
Idaho State Senate, District 12 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Lakey Incumbent 71.2% 2,269
Lee Rice 28.8% 920
Total Votes 3,189


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Lakey won election in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 12. He defeated Robert E. Schaefer in the May 15 Republican primary and defeated Melissa Sue Robinson (D) in the November 6 general election. Incumbent Curt McKenzie (R) ran in District 13.[7][8][9]

Idaho State Senate, District 12, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Lakey 67.7% 9,976
     Democratic Melissa Sue Robinson 32.3% 4,752
Total Votes 14,728
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

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lakey is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Lakey raised a total of $51,692 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 30, 2013.[10]

Todd Lakey's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho State Senate, District 12 Won $43,656
2002 Attorney General of Idaho Defeated $8,036
Grand Total Raised $51,692


Lakey won election to the Idaho State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Lakey raised a total of $43,656.


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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Idaho scorecards, email suggestions to

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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] Lakey received a score of -75 points in the 2013 index, ranking 30th out of 35 members of the Idaho State Senate that were evaluated for the study.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Curt McKenzie (R)
Idaho Senate District 12
Succeeded by