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Jim Guthrie (Idaho)

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Jim Guthrie
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Idaho State Senate District 28
In office
December 1, 2012-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 3
Base salary$16,116/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Idaho House of Representatives District 29B
High schoolMarsh Valley High School
Date of birthJuly 13, 1955
Place of birthPocatello, ID
Office website
Campaign website
Jim Guthrie (b. July 13, 1955) is a Republican member of the Idaho State Senate, representing District 28 since 2012. He previously served in the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 29B from 2010 to 2012.

Guthrie owns and operates a 1,000 acre ranch and several small service stations. From 2001 to 2007, he sat on the Bannock County Commission. Before starting his ranch, Guthrie worked for Ash Grove Cement for 14 years in capacities ranging from laborer to lab tech. He graduated from Marsh Valley High School.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Guthrie served on the following committees:

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Agricultural Affairs, Vice Chair
Commerce and Human Resources
Health and Welfare


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


Campaign themes


Guthrie's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Proper Role of Government
Excerpt: "There is increasing unrest among citizens about federal spending and programs that unfairly obligate and burden Idahoans. As a member of the legislature I will advocate for the rights of our state as guaranteed by the constitution."
  • Economic Development
Excerpt: "Future strength of state revenue streams is dependent on a business, industry, and agricultural environment that promotes strong economic development and stable employment opportunities. We must move forward with the mindset that the private sector, not the government, will be the catalyst that leads us to economic recovery and enhanced revenue for the needs of government."
  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "We are fortunate that Idaho is mandated by law to have a balanced budget and therefore doesn’t fall into the trap of deficit spending. As difficult as is has been to deal with a funding stream that has been compromised, it would be selfish to leave future generations with the financial problems spending money you don’t have creates."
  • Education Funding
Excerpt: "Our public education system, like all other state funded agencies has felt the effects of a 700 million dollar loss of revenue. It has been well documented that education was the last to be cut and I will be a strong advocate that they will be the first to have funding restored as soon as possible."



See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Guthrie won election in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 28. He defeated W. Rusty Barlow in the Republican primary on May 15 and defeated Dave Finkelnburg (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Idaho State Senate, District 28, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Guthrie 66.1% 13,087
     Democratic Dave Finkelnburg 33.9% 6,707
Total Votes 19,794

Idaho State Senate District 28 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Guthrie 65.3% 2,244
W. Rusty Barlow 34.7% 1,192
Total Votes 3,436


See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Guthrie was unopposed in the primary on May 25th. He defeated Democrat Greg Anderson in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 29B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Guthrie (R) 8,424 59.8%
Greg Anderson (D) 5,668 40.2%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Guthrie was up for re-election, he collected $24,440 in donations.[6]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Idaho House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Guthrie (Idaho)'s campaign in 2010
Idaho Farm Bureau$2,500
Bannock County Republican Central Cmte$1,000
Roberts, Ken$1,000
Idaho Republican Party State Central Cmte$1,000
Dales Inc$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $24,440


Guthrie and his wife, Barbara, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Bair (R)
Idaho State Senate District 28
Succeeded by
Preceded by
James Ruchti
Idaho House of Representatives District 29B
Succeeded by
Elaine Smith (D)