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Kathleen Sims
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Idaho House of Representatives District 4B
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Idaho State Senate
Associate'sNorth Idaho Junior College
BirthdayJune 6, 1942
Place of birthSpokane, WA
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Kathleen Sims (b. June 6, 1942) is a Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 4B. She previously served in the Idaho State Senate from 2001 to 2002. since 2010.

Sims' professional experience includes owning a Honda dealership.

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Local Government, Vice Chair
Judiciary, Rules, and Administration
State Affairs


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



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Idaho House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Anne Nesse was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Kathleen Sims defeated Elmer "Rick" Currie in the Republican primary. Nesse will face Sims in the general election.[1][2]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 4B Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen Sims Incumbent 61.2% 2,077
Elmer "Rick" Currie 38.8% 1,318
Total Votes 3,395


See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sims won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2012. She was unopposed in the Republican primary on May 15[3] and defeated Anne L. Nesse (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 4B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen Sims Incumbent 56.8% 10,373
     Democratic Anne L. Nesse 43.2% 7,903
Total Votes 18,276


See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sims was unopposed in the primary on May 25th. She defeated Democrat Paula Marano in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 4B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kathleen Sims (R) 7,242 58.1%
Paula Marano (D) 5,230 41.9%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Sims was up for re-election, she collected $21,564 in donations.[6]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Idaho House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kathleen Sims's campaign in 2010
Idaho Farm Bureau$1,350
Idaho Republican Party$1,000
Coachman Auto Body$1,000
House Republican Caucus$1,000
Idaho Automobile Dealers Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $21,564


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Idaho

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Idaho scorecards, email suggestions to

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.


In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[7]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "impacting economic freedom in the state."


In 2012, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[8]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.

Idaho Freedom Index

The Idaho Freedom Foundation, an Idaho-based, nonprofit educational research institute, released its "Idaho Freedom Index" in 2013. The index intended to show how Idaho legislators voted on the principles the Foundation seeks to promote. It measured each state legislator based on two tiers, which include whether legislators voted for or against bills that would create or eliminate government agencies, programs, and regulations, and bills that would impact the free market in a positive or negative way. Scores ranged from the highest possible score for members of the state Senate (194 points) and for members of the state House (180 points). A higher score indicated that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Foundation.[9] Sims received a score of 134 points in the 2013 index, ranking 2nd out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.


Sims has two children.

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Preceded by
George Sayler
Idaho House of Representatives District 4B
Succeeded by