Rob Oates

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Rob Oates
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Idaho, District 1
High schoolCaldwell High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Idaho
Military service
Service/branchUS Army
Campaign website
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Rob Oates was a 2012 Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Idaho.

Oats lost to incumbent Raul Labrador (R) on November 6, 2012.[1]



  • Caldwell High School
  • University of Idaho



  • US Army officer, attack helicopter pilot, unit commander in the Republic of Korea
  • Army Cobra helicopter weapons test pilot at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona

Oates has also worked in the satellite industry and developed database software for business applications on the Internet.[2]



See also: Idaho's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Oates ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Idaho's 1st District. Oates won the nomination on the Libertarian ticket. He faced Jimmy Farris (D), incumbent Raul Labrador (R), and Pro-Life (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012, and was defeated by incumbent Raul Labrador (R).[3]

U.S. House, Idaho District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRaul R. Labrador Incumbent 63% 199,402
     Democratic Jimmy Farris 30.8% 97,450
     Libertarian Rob Oates 3.9% 12,265
     Independent Pro-Life 2.4% 7,607
Total Votes 316,724
Source: Idaho Secretary of State "November 6, 2012 General Election Results"


Oates has been married for the past 28 years to his wife, Debbie. They have three children and one grandchild.[2]

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