Ken Andrus

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Ken Andrus
Idaho House of Representatives District 28A
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 11
Base salary$16,116/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University, Idaho, 1960
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1960-1962
Date of birthJuly 14, 1935
Place of birthMarion, UT
ProfessionCattle/Sheep Rancher
Office website
Campaign website
Ken Andrus (b. July 14, 1935) is a Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 28A since 2012. He previously represented District 29A from 2004 to 2012.

Andrus graduated from the University of Idaho in 1960 with additional graduate study from Brigham Young University.

In addition to being a Representative, Andrus is also a cattle rancher.

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Agricultural Affairs, Chair
Resources and Conservation
State Affairs


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Andrus served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Andrus's campaign website lists the following issues:[1]

  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "Fiscal Responsibility means understanding that we do not have endless funds to spend on any project that may be the current whim of politicals. We must show our citizens we are serious about our responsibilities by balancing our budget with preferential funding for Education."
  • Protect Individual Freedoms Guaranteed under Federal and State Constitutions
Excerpt: "Important isuues like Eminent Domain must be carefully watched to make sure they are not used to take property for private profit instead of the public good. Making sure that Idaho's water is safe and kept in Idaho is a continuing issue that we must remain vigilant to maintain. I support Traditional Family Values which keep our families strong and Idaho's lifestyle vibrant."
  • Support Education
Excerpt: "I will continue supporting Education to have preferential funding in the budget. I will encourage for stronger Education priorities which give our children the best chance to compete in an ever-changing world."
  • Support Business
Excerpt: "I will advocate changing laws to make our state business friendly. We must stop duplicating regulations and forming duplicate agencies hindering business growth. I know we must be business friendly to bring the jobs that Southeast Idaho needs for its people to thrive."



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Andrus won re-election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives. Due to redistricting, he ran in District 28A. He was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Sam McKee (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012. [2][3][4]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 28A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKen Andrus Incumbent 62.7% 12,344
     Democratic Sam McKee 37.3% 7,333
Total Votes 19,677


See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Andrus won re-election to District Seat 29A in 2010 against Democrat James W. Allen. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 25th. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[5]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 29A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ken Andrus (R) 8,591 61.0%
James W. Allen (D) 5,492 39.0%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Ken Andrus won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 29A receiving 56.2% of the vote (11,044 votes), ahead of Democrat Allen Andersen who received 43.8% of the vote (8,623 votes).[6]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 29A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ken Andrus (R) 11,044 56.2%
Allen Andersen (D) 8,623 43.8%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Andrus was up for re-election, he collected $19,625 in donations.[7]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


In 2008, Andrus raised $32,787.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign. [8]

Donor Amount
Idaho Republican Party $2,000
Idaho Farm Bureau $2,000
Agriculture & Natural Resources Industry $1,500
House Republican Caucus of Idaho $1,000
Roberts for Representative $1,000
Melaleuca Inc. $1,000


Ken is married to Colleen Andrus. They have eight children and reside in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis Lake (R)
Idaho House of Representatives District 28A
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Idaho House of Representatives District 29A
Succeeded by
Carolyn Meline (D)