Brian Cronin

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Brian Cronin
Board member, Boise Board of Trustees, At-large
Minority Caucus Leader Idaho State House
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 2, 2014
First elected2008
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Idaho House of Representatives District 19B
Bachelor'sHaverford College
Master'sHarvard University
Place of birthNew York, NY
ProfessionSenior Vice President, Strategies 360; Owner and marketing director of Garabatos Spanish Preschool
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Brian Cronin is the member-elect for an at-large seat on the Boise School District Board of Trustees in Idaho. He won election to the board in the general election on September 2, 2014. He is also 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. He is the Senior Vice President for Strategies 360 and is the owner and marketing director of Garabatos Spanish Preschool. Cronin was previously the owner and president of Cronin Associates, worked as a teacher for Boston Public Schools and at Scarsdale High School, served as press secretary for Jerry Brady and Mayor Dave Bieter, was a communications specialist and magazine editor at Junior Chamber International, a writer at Scholastic Incorporated and a volunteer for WorldTeach. He is married to Veronica Cronin and has two children.[1][2]



See also: Boise School District elections (2014)


In the September 2, 2014 general election, incumbents Nancy Gregory and Doug Park defeated newcomers John Hruby, Anthony Shallat and Grant Walden for two at-large seats with six-year terms. Former Idaho House member Brian Cronin defeated Travis Jones for an at-large seat with a two-year term.


Boise School District, At-Large General Election, 2-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Cronin 81.8% 5,004
     Nonpartisan Travis Jones 18.2% 1,110
Total Votes 6,114
Source: Boise School District, "2014 Board of Trustee Election Results," accessed September 2, 2014 Disclaimer: These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Cronin did not file a campaign finance report with the Idaho Secretary of State.[3]


Cronin did not receive any official endorsements in this election.


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%


In 2010, a year in which Cronin was up for re-election, he collected $14,435 in donations.[5]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


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).[6]

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%


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

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 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 restricted collective bargaining rights for teachers to salaries and benefits only. Additionally, the bill called for tenure to 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.[9]

Tuition hikes

Students at Idaho's four-year universities paid more in tuition in 2011-2012. Data showed that while state appropriations for higher education had been up and down in the last decade, hikes in student fees had 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 showed 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.”[10]

About the district

See also: Boise School District, Idaho
Boise School District is located in Ada County, Idaho
Boise School District is located in Ada County, Idaho. The county seat of Ada County is Boise. Ada County is home to 416,464 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[11] Boise School District is the second-largest school district in Idaho, serving 25,476 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[12]


Ada County outperformed the rest of Idaho in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 35.3 percent of Ada County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 24.7 percent for Idaho as a whole. The median household income in Ada County was $55,499 compared to $47,015 for the state of Idaho. The poverty rate in Ada County was 12.2 percent compared to 15.1 percent for the entire state.[11]

Racial Demographics, 2013[11]
Race Ada County (%) Idaho (%)
White 92.5 93.7
Black or African American 1.3 0.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.7
Asian 2.6 1.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.2
Two or More Races 2.6 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 7.5 11.8

Presidential Voting Pattern[13]
Year Republican Vote Democratic Vote
2012 97,554 77,137
2008 93,328 82,236
2004 94,641 58,523
2000 75,050 40,650

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[14]

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