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Idaho House of Representatives

Seal of Idaho.png
General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   None
2015 session start:   January 14, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
House Speaker:  Lawerence Denney, (R)
Majority Leader:   Mike Moyle, (R)
Minority Leader:   John Rusche, (D)
Members:  70
   Democratic Party (14)
Republican Party (56)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art III, Idaho Constitution
Salary:   $16,116/year + per diem
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (70 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (70 seats)
Redistricting:  Idaho Redistricting Commission
The Idaho House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Idaho State Legislature. It has 70 members, who are each elected to two-year terms and serve without term limits. Each member represents an average of 22,394 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 18,485 residents.[2]

Legislative compensation is established by a citizens' committee, subject to rejection by the full Legislature. Legislators receive $16,116 per year, plus expenses for housing and travel during the session, and a constituent service allowance of $2,200. The President Pro Tem and Speaker receive an additional $4,000 per year. The Idaho Legislature convenes each January on the Monday on or closest to January 9th. Extraordinary sessions of the Legislature may be called only by the Governor by proclamation and legislators may then act only upon those subjects specified in the proclamation[3].

As of May 2013, Idaho is one of 24 Republican state government trifectas.


Article III of the Idaho Constitution establishes when the Idaho State Legislature, of which the House is a part, is to be in session. Section 8 of Article III states that the Legislature will convene its regular session on the second Monday in January of each year. Section 8 also allows that starting date of the legislative session to be changed by law. However, in 2010, the Legislature convened on the second Monday in January as provided by the Constitution. Section 8 also states that the Governor of Idaho can convene special sessions of the Legislature at any time.

The Idaho Legislature normally convenes at the Idaho State Capitol in downtown Boise.


See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the legislature will be in session from January 7 through late March.

Major issues

While Republicans hold a solid majority in the state, 2013 looks likely to have a number of fights within the GOP, namely the creation of a state-controlled health exchange, something the governor has supported but legislators have not. Other main issues include school reform, business tax breaks, and ethics rules.[4]


See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House was in session from January 9 through March 29.


See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the House was in session from January 10 through April 7. [5]


See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the House was in session from January 11th to March 29th.



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Idaho House of Representatives were held in Idaho on November 6, 2012. All 70 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 9, 2012. The primary election day was May 15, 2012.

The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Idaho State House of Representatives were held in Idaho on November 2, 2010. State house seats in all of the 70 districts were on the ballot in 2010.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 19, 2010, and the primary election day was May 25, 2010.

The partisan breakdown of the House before and after the election was as follows:

Idaho House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 18 13
     Republican Party 52 57
Total 70 70

In 2010, the total amount of contributions raised in house campaigns was $2,164,092. The top 10 donors were: [6]


Article III, Section 6 of the Idaho Constitution states: No person shall be a senator or representative who, at the time of his election, is not a citizen of the United States, and an elector of this state, nor anyone who has not been for one year next preceding his election an elector of the county or district whence he may be chosen.


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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The Governor is responsible for filling all vacancies in the House of Representatives.

The political party committee that last held the vacant seat has 15 days after the vacancy to submit a list of three recommended candidates to the Governor. The Governor makes the selection based on the recommendations.

If any party committee fails to submit a list of recommended candidates after the 15 day deadline, the Governor has 5 days to appoint a person from the political party that last held the seat. The person appointed to the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term[7].


The Idaho Commission on Reapportionment is responsible for redistricting. The commission has 90 days to finalize a plan; if unable, the Idaho Supreme Court takes over.

2010 census

Idaho received its local census data on March 20, 2011. The five cities with the highest populations were Boise, 205,671; Nampa, 81,557; Meridian, 75,092; Idaho Falls, 56,813; and Pocatello, 54,255. Boise grew by 10.7 percent since the 2000 Census. Nampa grew by 57.2 percent, Meridian grew by 115.0 percent, Idaho Falls grew by 12.0 percent, and Pocatello grew by 5.4 percent.[8]

In the 2011 redistricting process, the commission missed its September 6 deadline to draw new state legislative maps. A new commission was formed, and first met on October 11, 2011; on October 14, they agreed to the final plan, which had 11 county splits and placed many incumbents into the same districts.



See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Idaho legislature are paid $16,116/year. Additionally, legislators receive $122/day per diem for members living outside Boise. Members living inside Boise receive $49/day. Additionally, all members are eligible for $25/day for travel (vouchered), which is set by the Compensation Commision.[9]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Idaho legislators assume office after the first day of December following the general election.

Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of April 2015
     Democratic Party 13
     Republican Party 57
Total 70

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Idaho State House of Representatives from 1992-2013.
Partisan composition of the Idaho State House.PNG


The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. [10]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Idaho House of Representatives
Office Representative Party
State Speaker of the House Scott Bedke Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Leader Mike Moyle Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Caucus Leader John Vander Woude Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Leader John Rusche Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Minority Leader Grant Burgoyne Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Caucus Leader Donna Pence Electiondot.png Democratic

Current members

District Representative Party Residence
1 Eric Anderson Ends.png Republican Priest Lake
1 George Eskridge Ends.png Republican Dover
2 Vito Barbieri Ends.png Republican
2 Ed Morse Ends.png Republican Maries
3 Ron Mendive Ends.png Republican
3 Frank N. Henderson Ends.png Republican Hayden
4 Luke Malek Ends.png Republican Coeur d'Alene
4 Kathleen Sims Ends.png Republican
5 Cindy Agidius Ends.png Republican Coeur d'Alene
5 Shirley Gene Ringo Electiondot.png Democratic Post Falls
6 Thyra K. Stevenson Ends.png Republican Moscow
6 John Rusche Electiondot.png Democratic Moscow
7 Shannon McMillan Ends.png Republican
7 Paul E. Shepherd Ends.png Republican Lewiston
8 Terry F. Gestrin Ends.png Republican Donnelly
8 Lenore Hardy Barrett Ends.png Republican Riggins
9 Lawerence E. Denney Ends.png Republican Midvale
9 Judy Boyle Ends.png Republican Midvale
10 Brandon Hixon Ends.png Republican Wilder
10 Darrell Bolz Ends.png Republican Caldwell
11 Gayle L. Batt Ends.png Republican Emmett
11 Christy Perry Ends.png Republican Emmett
12 Robert Anderst Ends.png Republican Nampa
12 Rick D. Youngblood Ends.png Republican Nampa
13 Brent J. Crane Ends.png Republican Nampa
13 Gary E. Collins Ends.png Republican
14 Mike Moyle Ends.png Republican Star
14 Reed DeMordaunt Ends.png Republican
15 Lynn M. Luker Ends.png Republican Boise
15 Mark Patterson Ends.png Republican Boise
16 Grant Burgoyne Electiondot.png Democratic Boise
16 Hy Kloc Electiondot.png Democratic Garden City
17 John L. Gannon Electiondot.png Democratic Boise
17 Sue Chew Electiondot.png Democratic Boise
18 Janie Ward-Engelking Electiondot.png Democratic
18 Phylis K King Electiondot.png Democratic Boise
19 Mathew Erpelding Electiondot.png Democratic Boise
19 Holli High Woodings Electiondot.png Democratic Boise
20 Joe A. Palmer Ends.png Republican Meridian
20 James Holtzclaw Ends.png Republican Meridian
21 Steven C. Harris Ends.png Republican
21 Thomas E. "Tom" Dayley Ends.png Republican Boise
22 John Vander Woude Ends.png Republican Glenns Ferry
22 Jason Monks Ends.png Republican Mountain Home
23 Richard Wills Ends.png Republican Twin Falls
23 Pete Nielsen Ends.png Republican Twin Falls
24 Lance W. Clow Ends.png Republican Twin Falls
24 Stephen Hartgen Ends.png Republican Twin Falls
25 Maxine Bell Ends.png Republican Ketchum
25 Clark Kauffman Ends.png Republican Gooding
26 Steve Miller Ends.png Republican Rupert
26 Donna Pence Electiondot.png Democratic Jerome
27 Scott Bedke Ends.png Republican Oakley
27 Fred Wood Ends.png Republican Burley
28 Ken Andrus Ends.png Republican Blackfoot
28 Kelley Packer Ends.png Republican Blackfoot
29 Carolyn Meline Electiondot.png Democratic Lava Hot Springs
29 Elaine Smith Electiondot.png Democratic
30 Jeffery Thompson Ends.png Republican
30 Wendy Horman Ends.png Republican Pocatello
31 Neil A. Anderson Ends.png Republican Grace
31 Julie Van Orden Ends.png Republican Iona
32 Marc Gibbs Ends.png Republican Idaho Falls
32 Tom Loertscher Ends.png Republican Idaho Falls
33 Janet Trujillo Ends.png Republican Idaho Falls
33 Linden B. Bateman Ends.png Republican
34 Douglas A. Hancey Jr. Ends.png Republican Rexburg
34 Dell Raybould Ends.png Republican Rexburg
35 JoAn Wood Ends.png Republican Rigby
35 Paul Romrell Ends.png Republican Challis

Standing committees

Idaho House of Representatives has 14 standing committees:

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