Tom Dayley

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Tom Dayley
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Idaho House of Representatives District 21B
In office
December 1, 2012-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 2
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University (1971)
Master'sUniversity of Southern California (1973)
BirthdayFebruary 15, 1944
Place of birthBurley, ID
Office website
Tom Dayley is a Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 21B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Agricultural Affairs
Judiciary, Rules, and Administration
Revenue and Taxation


Campaign themes


Dayley's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Taxes
Excerpt: "State government should continue on the zero based budgeting process initiated by Governor Otter. Just as a family budget must be constantly reviewed to make sure revenue and expenses are in balance, government must also be in a constant state of review in order to maintain the proper equilibrium between needs and wants."
  • Education
Excerpt: "My goal is to provide the opportunity for every student to experience educational success. Success is achieved when each individual is instilled with a love of learning."
  • Budget/Economic Policy
Excerpt: "I will be an advocate for reducing spending. Government actions should positively promote economic growth. We must search for ways to limit growth of government spending, limit taxes and thus allow individual Idahoans to be the primary decision-makers regarding how to spend their money."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "An important way government can encourage job creation is through minimization of regulations and taxes. It is also important for government to ensure the accessibility of good public services such as transportation and communication, along with the availability of a quality-trained workforce."
  • State Rights
Excerpt: " One of the most important ways to control too much power at the federal level is for states to pursue proper federal government performance under the tenth amendment, protecting rights of the state and the people."



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Idaho House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent Thomas E. "Tom" Dayley defeated Ricky L. Bowman in the Republican primary and will face Joe Hautzinger (L) in the general election.[2][3]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 21B Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas E. "Tom" Dayley Incumbent 73.9% 2,521
Ricky L. Bowman 26.1% 889
Total Votes 3,410


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Dayley won election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives District 21B. He defeated Charles Hoffman, Lori Shewmaker and Mike Vuittonet in the Republican primary on May 15, 2012, and defeated Erin Zaleski (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 21B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas E. "Tom" Dayley 65.7% 12,871
     Democratic Erin Zaleski 34.3% 6,729
Total Votes 19,600
Idaho House of Representatives District 21B Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas E. "Tom" Dayley 34.3% 1,052
Mike Vuittonet 22.9% 703
Lori Shewmaker 22.6% 693
Charles D. Hoffman 20.2% 618
Total Votes 3,066

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dayley is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Dayley raised a total of $13,900 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[7]

Tom Dayley's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho House, District 21B Won $9,200
2010 Idaho House, District 21B Won $4,700
Grand Total Raised $13,900


Dayley won election to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Dayley raised a total of $.
Idaho House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tom Dayley's campaign in 2012
Bedke, Scott$1,000
Idaho Farm Bureau$750
Ada County Republican Womens Club$700
Associated Logging Contractors Idaho$600
Dustin, Don$500
Total Raised in 2012$
Source:Follow the Money


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.

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In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10] Dayley received a score of 63 points in the 2013 index, ranking 25th out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Clifford Bayer (R)
Idaho House of Representatives District 21B
Succeeded by