Brian Cronin

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Brian Cronin
Idaho House of Representatives District 19B
Former Member
In office
Minority Caucus Leader Idaho State House
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2008
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHaverford College
Master'sHarvard University
Place of birthNew York, NY
ProfessionFounder/Owner, Cronin and Associates
Office website
Campaign website
Brian Cronin is a former Democratic member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 19B from 2008 to 2012. He served as Minority Caucus Leader from 2011 to 2012.

Cronin graduated with his Bachelor's degree from Havenford College and his Master's degree from Harvard University.

In addition to being a representative, Cronin is a small business owner. Cronin is also a former teacher.

Committee assignments


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Cronin served on these committees:


Education Reform

Cronin has opposed Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's K-12 education reform package. The first bill was sent to the governor on March 9, 2011. That bill will restrict collective bargaining rights for teachers to salaries and benefits only. Additionally, tenure would be phased out for new teachers and existing teachers without tenure. "One person's medicine is another person's Kool-Aid and I refuse to drink it," Cronin said.[2]

Tuition hikes

Students at Idaho's four-year universities will pay more in tuition in 2011-2012. Data shows that while state appropriations for higher education have been up and down in the last decade, hikes in student fees have been consistent.

Rep. Linden B. Bateman said that students paying more for their college experience is only a product of a poor economy.

“The problem is that we have this bleak economy and we can’t ask taxpayers to come up with more,” Bateman said. “The revenue is just not there.”

Rep. Brian Cronin says the trend shows the state’s inability to commit to stable and adequate funding for colleges and universities.

“This latest tuition increase is a logical consequence of a decade-long disinvestment into higher education,” said Cronin. “I think it’s a significant problem.”[3]



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Cronin did not run for re-election in 2012.


See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Cronin won re-election to District Seat 19B in 2010 against Republican John Magnan. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 25th. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[4]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 19B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Brian Cronin (D) 9,974 68.1%
John Magnan (R) 4,677 31.9%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Brian Cronin won the election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 19B receiving 66.6% of the vote (14,004 votes), ahead of Republican Kevin McGowan who received 33.4% of the vote (7,008 votes).[5]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 19B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Brian Cronin (D) 14,004 66.6%
Kevin McGowan (R) 7,008 33.4%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Cronin was up for re-election, he collected $14,435 in donations.[6]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


In 2008, Cronin raised $46,318.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign. [7]

Donor Amount
Linda Cronin $2,000
Idaho Education Association $2,000
Denis F. Cronin $1,000
Denis F. & Linda Cronin $1,000
Veronica Cronin $1,000
Victoria Roper $1,000
Eloise Cronin $1,600
Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho $1,000
Brian C. Cronin $1,500
Kevin B. Cronin $1,500
Robert McKeraches $1,500


Brian is married to Veronica Cronin. They have two children and reside in Boise, Idaho.

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Preceded by
Idaho House of Representatives District 19B
Succeeded by
Holli High Woodings (D)