Tom Luna

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Tom Luna
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Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction
Former officeholder
In office
2007 - 2015
Base salary$101,150
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Campaign $$781,973
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sThomas Edison State College
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Tom Luna is the former Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction. He served in this postion from 2011 to 2015. He was elected to his first term as superintendent on November 7, 2006, and was sworn in the follwing January.[1] Luna ran successfully for re-election in 2010.

Luna was targeted by recall efforts in 2011 and 2012, neither of which made it to the ballot.

After giving sincere consideration to running for re-election again in 2014, Luna ultimately decided not to pursue a third term as superintendent. He announced his retirement on January 27, 2014, and left office upon the expiration of his second term on January 5, 2015.[2][3] He was succeeded by fellow Republican Sherri Ybarra, who won the open seat in the 2014 general election.[4]


Luna graduated with his bachelor's degree from Thomas Edison State College. He went on to serve as Senior Adviser to Secretary of Education Rod Paige from 2003 to 2005 and White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities Director from 2003 to 2004. In addition, Luna was Chairman of the Nampa School Board.[1]

Before his election to statewide office, Luna made a career in the private sector as a businessman. He was President of Scales Unlimited Incorporated.[1]


  • Bachelor's, Thomas Edison State College
  • Attended, Boise State University
  • Attended, Brigham Young University-Idaho

Political career

Superintendent of Public Instruction (2007-2015)

Luna was first elected as Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2006 and sworn in on January 1, 2007. Luna, a Republican, was re-elected to a second term in 2010.[1] He retired from office after two terms, and was succeeded by Sherri Ybarra (R) on January 5, 2015.

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Tom Luna endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [5]

Education Reform

Luna pushed for a K-12 education reform package. The first bill was sent to the governor on March 9, 2011. That bill restricted collective bargaining rights for teachers to salaries and benefits only. Additionally, tenure would be phased out for new teachers and existing teachers without tenure. The Idaho Education Association decried the bill, stating that they would be holding rallies across the state to protest it.[6] Luna called passage of the bill a "great step forward," adding, “Not only will this bill save more than $9 million for our public schools, but it also implements major education reforms that we have talked about for years."[7]



See also: Idaho down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Although eligible to run for re-election as Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2014, Luna announced in January that he would retire upon completing his second term, on January 5, 2015.[2][3][8][9]


Luna won re-election on November 2, 2010, defeating Democratic candidate Stan Olson.[10]

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Luna Incumbent 60.5% 268,852
     Democratic Stan Olson 39.5% 175,541
Total Votes 444,393
Election Results via Idaho Secretary of State


Luna won election as Superintendent of Public Instruction in the November 7, 2006 election, defeating Democratic candidate Jana L. Jones.[11]

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Luna 51.3% 227,171
     Democratic Jana L. Jones 48.7% 216,013
Total Votes 443,184
Election Results via Idaho Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Luna is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Luna raised a total of $781,973 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 9, 2013.[12]

Tom Luna's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Not up for election $4,300
2010 Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Won $235,802
2008 Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Not up for election $13,800
2006 Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Won $316,673
2002 Idaho Superintendent of Publci Instruction Defeated $211,398
Grand Total Raised $781,973

2006 and 2010

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Luna and his wife, Cindy, have six children.[14]

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Preceded by
Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction
Succeeded by
Sherri Ybarra (R)