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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 April 2015, Idaho is one of 23 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 was in session from January 7 through April 5.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2013 legislative session included the creation of a state-controlled health exchange, 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.

Ethics and transparency

See also: Open States' Legislative Data Report Card

The Sunlight Foundation released an "Open Legislative Data Report Card" in March 2013. Idaho was given a grade of C in the report. The report card evaluated how adequate, complete and accessible legislative data was to the general public. A total of 10 states received an A: Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.[6]



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: [7]


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[8].


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.[9]

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.[10]

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. [11]

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

Current members, Iowa House of Representatives
District Representative Party Assumed office
1 Eric Anderson Ends.png Republican 2004
1 George Eskridge Ends.png Republican 2000
2 Vito Barbieri Ends.png Republican 2010
2 Ed Morse Ends.png Republican 2012
3 Ron Mendive Ends.png Republican 2012
3 Frank N. Henderson Ends.png Republican 2004
4 Luke Malek Ends.png Republican 2012
4 Kathleen Sims Ends.png Republican 2010
5 Cindy Agidius Ends.png Republican 2012
5 Shirley Gene Ringo Electiondot.png Democratic 2002
6 Thyra K. Stevenson Ends.png Republican 2012
6 John Rusche Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
7 Shannon McMillan Ends.png Republican 2010
7 Paul E. Shepherd Ends.png Republican 2004
8 Terry F. Gestrin Ends.png Republican 2012
8 Lenore Hardy Barrett Ends.png Republican 1992
9 Lawerence E. Denney Ends.png Republican 1996
9 Judy Boyle Ends.png Republican 2008
10 Brandon Hixon Ends.png Republican 2012
10 Darrell Bolz Ends.png Republican 2000
11 Gayle L. Batt Ends.png Republican 2011
11 Christy Perry Ends.png Republican 2010
12 Robert Anderst Ends.png Republican 2012
12 Rick D. Youngblood Ends.png Republican 2012
13 Brent J. Crane Ends.png Republican 2006
13 Gary E. Collins Ends.png Republican 2000
14 Mike Moyle Ends.png Republican 1998
14 Reed DeMordaunt Ends.png Republican 2010
15 Lynn M. Luker Ends.png Republican 2006
15 Mark Patterson Ends.png Republican 2012
16 Grant Burgoyne Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
16 Hy Kloc Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
17 John L. Gannon Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
17 Sue Chew Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
18 Janie Ward-Engelking Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
18 Phylis K King Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
19 Mathew Erpelding Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
19 Holli High Woodings Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
20 Joe A. Palmer Ends.png Republican 2008
20 James Holtzclaw Ends.png Republican 2012
21 Steven C. Harris Ends.png Republican 2012
21 Thomas E. "Tom" Dayley Ends.png Republican 2012
22 John Vander Woude Ends.png Republican 2010
22 Jason Monks Ends.png Republican 2012
23 Richard Wills Ends.png Republican 2002
23 Pete Nielsen Ends.png Republican 2002
24 Lance W. Clow Ends.png Republican 2012
24 Stephen Hartgen Ends.png Republican 2008
25 Maxine Bell Ends.png Republican 1988
25 Clark Kauffman Ends.png Republican 2012
26 Steve Miller Ends.png Republican 2012
26 Donna Pence Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
27 Scott Bedke Ends.png Republican 2000
27 Fred Wood Ends.png Republican 2006
28 Ken Andrus Ends.png Republican 2004
28 Kelley Packer Ends.png Republican 2012
29 Carolyn Meline Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
29 Elaine Smith Electiondot.png Democratic 2002
30 Jeffery Thompson Ends.png Republican 2008
30 Wendy Horman Ends.png Republican 2012
31 Neil A. Anderson Ends.png Republican 2012
31 Julie Van Orden Ends.png Republican 2012
32 Marc Gibbs Ends.png Republican 2008
32 Tom Loertscher Ends.png Republican 2004
33 Janet Trujillo Ends.png Republican 2012
33 Linden B. Bateman Ends.png Republican 2010
34 Douglas A. Hancey Jr. Ends.png Republican 2012
34 Dell Raybould Ends.png Republican 2000
35 JoAn Wood Ends.png Republican 1982
35 Paul Romrell Ends.png Republican 2012

Standing committees

Idaho House of Representatives has 14 standing committees:


Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Idaho
Partisan breakdown of the Idaho legislature from 1992-2013

Throughout every year from 1992-2013, the Republican Party was the majority in the Idaho State House of Representatives. The Idaho State House of Representatives is one of 9 state Houses that was Republican for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013. Idaho spent the last 19 years under Republican trifectas.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Idaho, the Idaho State Senate and the Idaho House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Idaho state government(1992-2013).PNG

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