Lawrence Wasden

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Lawrence Wasden
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Attorney General of Idaho
In office
January 3, 2003 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 12
PredecessorAlan G. Lance (R)
Base salary$103,984
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$479,663
Term limitsNone
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University (1982)
J.D.University of Idaho School of Law (1985)
Date of birthNovember 3, 1957
ProfessionAttorney, Prosecutor
Office website
Lawrence Wasden (b. November 3, 1957) is the 32nd and current Republican Attorney General of Idaho. He was first elected on November 5, 2002, and was sworn into office in January 2003. Wasden was re-elected twice subsequently, most recently in 2010. In 2010, he sailed through both primary and general election contests unopposed. Wasden's third term began on January 3, 2011, and will end on January 5, 2015.[1]

Idaho attorneys general are not subject to term-limits, and Wasden was up next up for re-election in November 2014. In a September 2013 interview with the Idaho State Journal, the veteran officeholder confirmed that he would pursue an unprecedented fourth term as state attorney general.[2] As of the time Wasden announced his bid for re-election, the race had attracted no challengers. If history is any indication of what to expect in the upcoming election season, Wasden could be facing his second consecutive uncontested affair. [3]

Wasden has a long history in the Idaho attorney general's office, spanning over two decades. He has served in roles such as chief of staff to the attorney general, deputy chief of staff and deputy attorney general for the Idaho State Tax Commission.

He has also served as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Canyon County, ID, and as a prosecuting attorney in Owyhee County, ID.[4]


Wasden has served in the office of Attorney General for over 23 years. Prior to his election as Attorney General in 2002, Wasden served as Chief of Staff to the Attorney General, Deputy Chief of Staff and as a Deputy Attorney General representing the Idaho State Tax Commission.[5]

Wasden has served in a number of other roles, including:

  • Executive Committee/Immediate Past Chair, Conference of Western Attorneys General (2003)
  • Co-Chair, Tobacco Committee, National Association of Attorneys General (2004-2006)
  • Member, The American Legacy Foundation Board of Directors.
  • Advisory Council, Department of Criminal Justice at Boise State University
  • Founding Member/Past Chairman, Government and Public Lawyers Section at Idaho State Bar
  • President, National Association of Attorneys General
  • Board of Directors, Treasure Valley Reading Foundation


  • Bachelor's degree, Political science, Brigham Young University (1982)
  • Juris Doctorate degree, University of Idaho School of Law (1985)

Political career

Attorney General (2003–Present)

Wasden was first elected as Idaho Attorney General in 2002 and subsequently re-elected in both 2006 and 2010.[1]

Healthcare reform

See also: State Attorneys General Against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010

On Wednesday, March 17, 2010, Republican Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter "became the first state chief executive to sign a measure requiring his attorney general to sue Congress if it passes health reforms that force residents to buy insurance." [6] While mainly a symbolic gesture, it signified the growing national discontent over the national healthcare reform legislation advocated by both President Barack Obama and the Congressional Democratic leadership, not to mention the methods by which they hoped to achieve their goal.

On the same morning President Barack Obama signed into law his controversial health care reform measure, The Affordable Patient Protection Act of 2009, the one that narrowly passed the United States House of Representatives just two days before, Wasden and thirteen other state attorneys general filed suit against "the federal government to stop the massive health care overhaul, claiming it's unconstitutional." [7] [8]

In late-September 2010, several months after Idaho had joined nineteen other state attorneys general in filing suit against the federal government over the expansive health care reform measure, Wasden received a letter from several local doctors requesting that he "pull out of a federal lawsuit that they say wastes taxpayer money and bars Idahoans from the care they need." [9] The physicians who issued the letter belong to Doctors for America, which describes itself as a nonprofit organization of 15,000 physicians and medical students who seek to gain affordable access to quality care for all. The group was originally known as Doctors for Obama during the course of the 2008 United States Presidential election and have been strongly aligned with the Obama administration in helping to promote the President's health care agenda, including participating in White House webinar meetings on topic. [10]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Lawrence Wasden endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [11]



See also: Idaho attorney general election, 2014

Wasden ran for re-election to Attorney General in 2014.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Recent news


See also: Idaho Attorney General election, 2010
  • 2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary and General Election
    • Lawrence Wasden ran unopposed in both contests
Idaho Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLawrence Wasden Incumbent 100% 367,737
Total Votes 367,737
Election Results via Idaho Secretary of State


Idaho Attorney General, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLawrence Wasden Incumbent 61.7% 267,700
     Democratic Robert A. "Bob" Wallace 38.3% 165,857
Total Votes 433,557
Election Results via Idaho Secretary of State

Idaho Attorney General, Republican primary, 2006
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLawrence Wasden Incumbent 73.7% 89,327
Myron Dan Gabbert 26.3% 31,795
Total Votes 121,122
Election Results via Idaho Secretary of State.


Idaho Attorney General, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLawrence Wasden 58.1% 231,851
     Democratic R. Keith Roark 41.9% 167,353
Total Votes 399,204
Election Results via Idaho Secretary of State

Idaho Attorney General, Republican primary, 2002
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLawrence Wasden 32.2% 39,917
Michael Bogert 30.5% 37,862
Todd Lakey 23.5% 29,154
Myron Dan Gabbert 13.8% 17,071
Total Votes 124,004
Election Results via Idaho Secretary of State.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wasden is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Wasden raised a total of $479,663 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 9, 2013.[12]

Lawrence Wasden's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Attorney General of Idaho Not up for election $37,107
2010 Attorney General of Idaho Won $82,674
2008 Attorney General of Idaho Not up for election $23,065
2006 Attorney General of Idaho Won $130,204
2004 Attorney General of Idaho Not up for election $24,345
2002 Attorney General of Idaho Won $182,268
Grand Total Raised $479,663


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Wasden currently resides in Nampa, Idaho with his wife, Tracey. The couple has had four children together - Sean, Ashley, Cassidy, and Blake.[1]


  • The People First Award (2007) from the Idaho Newspaper Foundation
  • Statesman of the Year Award (2008) from Idaho State University’s Political Science Honor Society, Pi Alpha Sigma
  • Leadership Award (2009) from the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance
  • Kelley-Wyman Award (2009) from National Association of Attorneys General

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alan G. Lance (R)
Idaho Attorney General
Succeeded by