Phylis King

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Phylis King
Idaho House of Representatives District 18B
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 9
Base salary$16,116/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sColorado State University, 1968
Date of birthMay 8, 1946
Place of birthOgden, UT
ProfessionOwner, King Photography Studios
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Phylis King (b. May 8, 1946) is a Democratic member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 18B since 2006.

King graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Microbiology from Colorado State University in 1968.

In addition to being a Representative, King is the owner of her own photographic studio. King was a former medical research technician.

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Human Resources
Transportation and Defense
Joint Finance-Appropriations


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


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


Campaign themes


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

  • Education
Excerpt: "I believe that cuts to public education went too far and are taking Idaho in the wrong direction. Without a strong public education system, we will not be able to retain and attract good jobs to Idaho."
  • Higher Education
Excerpt: "I believe that an educated workforce is the path out of this economic slump. Idaho’s colleges and universities are ready and willing to prepare the future entrepreneurs and scientists."
  • Economy and Jobs
Excerpt: "Reinstate adequate funding for K-12 education...Boost investments in small businesses and support small business incubators...Invest in Clean energy development that will employ engineers, architects, and installers...Support the Department of commerce"
  • Constituent Service
Excerpt: "During the six sessions that I have been your representative, I have made it a priority to return your emails, letters and phone calls. ...I also send a weekly email newsletter with a recap of the weeks’ progress on issues that matter to my constituents. Lastly during the summer, I go door to door to keep in touch with the voters."
  • Stewardship of the Land
Excerpt: "As a Democrat many people have asked, “How can someone in the minority party affect change?” For our democracy to work the minority party must have a voice and we have that voice in our committees. Someone has got to ask the tough questions when a bill is before us."

Higher education

Rep. Jeff Thompson sponsored the measure to fund the four-year public universities and colleges with $209 million in FY 2012, which passed on a 47-21 vote during the 2011 session. That budget is a $7.6 million reduction from fiscal year 2011.

Though state support dropped, budgets for universities and colleges increased by about 5 percent, because of the addition of various funding measures, including student fees. In fiscal year 2011, this budget received $377.6 million in total funding, a number that will jump to $396.7 million in fiscal year 2012.

Rep. Thomas Trail said professors are fleeing the state for other institutions.

“We are just not adequately supporting higher * Education,” said Trail.

Rep. King said businesses often open new operations in areas of the country that are able to provide an educated workforce. King argued that continual education cuts would cause businesses to be wary to move to the Gem State.

“We are not providing that [an educated workforce] when we cut * Education,” said King.

Rep. Grant Burgoyne said “our best and brightest are leaving us” because of cuts. He said that the state is not funding enough education to keep up with the global economy. “America must be No. 1, but we are not doing our job,” said Burgoyne.[2]

Carpool lanes

King sponsored a bill that would give counties the power to designate interstate carpool lanes as they see fit. She hopes the measure would provide an incentive for Boise residents and workers to carpool, thus cutting congestion on Interstate-84, the major thoroughfare in the Treasure Valley.[3]



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

King won re-election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives District 18B. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Brad R. Bolicek (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. [4][5]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 18B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPhylis King Incumbent 56.2% 11,748
     Republican Brad R. Bolicek 43.8% 9,145
Total Votes 20,893


See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

King won re-election to District Seat 18B in 2010 against Republican Trevor Grigg. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 25th. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[6]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 18B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Phylis King (D) 6,886 53.8%
Trevor Grigg (R) 5,909 46.2%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Phylis King won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 18B receiving 50.9% of the vote (9,564 votes), ahead of Republican Becky Young who received 44.7% of the vote (8,404 votes), and Libertarian James Oyler who received 4.5% of the vote (837 votes).[7]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 18B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Phylis King (D) 9,564 50.9%
Becky Young (R) 8,404 44.7%
James Oyler (L) 837 4.5%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which King was up for re-election, she collected $32,076 in donations.[8]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


In 2008, King raised $39,983.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to her campaign. [9]

Donor Amount
Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho $2,250
Idaho Education Association $2,000
Burritt S. Boynton $1,000
Donna Pence $1,000
Idhao Trial Lawyers Association $1,000
Gordon King $1,000
CMTE to Elect James Ruchti $1,000
Verna A. Peisen $1,000
CMTE to Re-elect Wendy Jaquet $1,000
Communications Workers of America $1,000


King is single and resides in Boise, Idaho.

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