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Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $46,389,900
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4
Authority:  Idaho Constitution, Article IV, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Tom Luna.jpg
Name:  Tom Luna
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 1, 2007
Compensation:  $99,450
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction is a state executive position in the Idaho state government. The superintendent heads the Idaho Department of Education, which runs the state's public school system. The superintendent is a statewide constitutional officer elected by the people to four-year terms.

Current officeholder

The current superintendent is Tom Luna, a Republican, who was first elected in November 2006 and took office on January 1, 2007. Luna was re-elected in 2010 and began his second term on January 3, 2011. He will come up for re-election in 2014 and his current term will end on January 5, 2015.

Before becoming superintendent, Luna served as president of Scales Unlimited Incorporated, a manufacturer of commercial scales and weighing equipment. He was also an adviser to former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige from 2003 to 2005. Luna holds a bachelor's degree from Thomas Edison State College. He and his wife, Cindy, have six children.[1]


The office of superintendent is established by the Idaho Constitution.

Idaho Constitution, Article IV, Section 1

The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state controller, state treasurer, attorney general and superintendent of public instruction, each of whom shall hold his office for four years


There are no particular qualifications for the office of superintendent, though the officeholder must take an oath of office and is subject to a surety bond dependent on his good conduct. The bond's premiums are paid by the state treasury. In the case of misconduct, the bond is forfeited to the state.[2]


Idaho state government organizational chart

Idaho elects superintendents to four year terms in federal midterm election years, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. Thus, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all election years. Winners take office on the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 3, 2011 and January 5, 2015 are inaugural days.

If two candidates ever tie in the general election, a joint session of the legislature chooses the winner by a majority vote.

Term limits

See also: States with gubernatorial term limits

There are no term limits for this office. Out of all of Idaho's state executives, only the Idaho Controller faces term limits.


Per Article IV, Section 6 of the Idaho Constitution, the governor appoints a replacement to any state office where a vacancy occurs, subject to the approval of the Idaho Senate. The appointee serves until the next general election.


The superintendent is the administrative head of the Idaho Department of Education, which operates the state's public school system. He is also responsible for implementing the policies of the state Board of Education.


  • Assessment
  • Content, Innovation and Choice
  • School Support Services
  • Finance, Child Nutrition and Student Transportation
  • Student Achievement and School Improvement
  • Communications and Government Affairs[3]

State budget

The budget for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Fiscal Year 2013 was $46,389,900.[4]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2013, the superintendent received a salary of $99,450. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2012, the Idaho Superintendent was paid an estimated $93,756. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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