Dennis Lake

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Dennis Lake
Idaho House of Representatives District 28A
Former Member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University, 1959
Date of birthOctober 5, 1937
Place of birthRigby, ID
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Dennis Lake (b. October 5, 1937) is a former Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 28A from 1996 to 2012.

Lake graduated with his Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in 1959.

Lake is a retired cattle rancher.

Committee assignments


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


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


Tobacco tax

Lake sits as the Chair of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee. In November 2010, he said he would allow a hearing for a bill that would increase the tax on cigarettes in Idaho up to $1.50. Lake argued the bills are less a way to raise revenue for state programs and more as a tool to help combat smoking in Idaho.

At the time Lake made these announcements, the cigarette tax sat at 57 cents per pack, the eighth-lowest in the nation. While Lake said a boost in the tax will mean additional money for the state, he added that he is more concerned with promoting health and discouraging smoking than raising additional tax dollars.

"That’s why they are bringing the bill,” said Lake, referring to groups backing the bill. "What do they care about revenues? They are more interested in helping people."[1]

Lake suggested in March 2011 that he would propose a $1.25 per pack cigarette tax increase if the legislature did not make significant cuts in spending to close the state's $90 million budget deficit.[2] Ultimately, no such proposal materialized; Lake claimed the state made more spending cuts than he anticipated. He noted, however, that he would raise the issue again in 2012.[3]

Internet sales tax

Lake on Internet sales

Lake said in late 2010 that he thinks the House Revenue and Taxation Committee could take steps to collect sales tax revenues on Internet sales. Idaho has considered joining the Streamlined Sales Tax Compact, a multi-state effort to simplify taxes in order to collect sales taxes on purchases from companies outside the state.

In 2009, the Idaho Senate passed the plan, before it stalled in the House. Lake said he think it would fare better this year.



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lake did not run for re-election in 2012.


See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Lake won re-election to District Seat 28A in 2010 against Democrat Marlene F. Shurtz. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 25th. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[4]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 28A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dennis Lake (R) 7,487 68.7%
Marlene F. Shurtz (D) 3,411 31.3%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Dennis Lake won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 28A receiving 11,379 votes. He ran unopposed.[5]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 28A (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dennis Lake (R) 11,379

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Lake was up for re-election, he collected $20,250 in donations.[6]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Idaho House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dennis Lake's campaign in 2010
Idaho Farm Bureau$1,750
Idaho Association Of Realtors$1,500
Jr Simplot Co$1,300
Idaho Trial Lawyers Association$1,000
Potlatch Corp$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $20,250


In 2008, Lake raised $8,713.

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

Donor Amount
Idaho Association of Realtors $1,500


Dennis is married to Luann Lake. They have four children and reside in Blackfoot, Idaho.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Idaho House of Representatives District 28A
Succeeded by
Ken Andrus (R)