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Stephen Hartgen

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Stephen Hartgen
Idaho House of Representatives District 24B
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 7
Base salary$16,116/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAmherst College
Master'sBrandeis University
Ph.D.University of Minnesota
ProfessionBusiness Consultant
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Stephen Hartgen is a Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 24B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Hartgen earned his B.A. in History from Amherst University, his M.A. from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Hartgen's professional experience includes working as a business consultant.

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Human Resources, Chair
Environment, Energy, and Technology
Revenue and Taxation


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


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


Campaign themes


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

  • Conservative Principles
Excerpt: "I believe in limited government, individual accomplishment and opportunity and individual freedom and responsibility. The internal debates we sometimes have within the Republican Party are healthy in this regard."
  • Gun Control
Excerpt: "The patriots at Lexington Green and Concord Bridge were organized into militia companies, but the guns they carried on that April day in 1775 were their own. I oppose efforts to abridge that right."
  • School prayer
Excerpt: "The Founding Fathers understood the importance of God's hand in the shaping of our nation. We should acknowledge that creation. The separation of church and state, as the Founding Fathers understood it, was never intended to remove prayers and expressions of faith from the public square of American life."
  • Human Life
Excerpt: "I believe human life begins at conception. We should limit abortion to those situations involving rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother."
  • Gay Marriage
Excerpt: "I believe the institution of traditional marriage should be protected in Idaho. By history, culture, Scripture and biology, marriage is intended as between a man and a woman, not in any other way."



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hartgen won re-election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives. Due to redistricting, he ran in District 24B. He was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Rosemary Fornshell (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 24B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Hartgen Incumbent 59.9% 9,202
     Democratic Rosemary Fornshell 40.1% 6,164
Total Votes 15,366


See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Hartgen won re-election to District Seat 23B in 2010 against Democrat Bill Chisholm. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 25th. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[4]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 23B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Stephen Hartgen (R) 7,496 68.4%
Bill Chisholm (D) 3,465 31.6%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Stephen Hartgen won the election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 23B receiving 64.8% of the vote (9,951 votes), ahead of Democrat Mike Ihler who received 35.2% of the vote (5,413 votes).[5]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 23B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Stephen Hartgen (R) 9,951 64.8%
Mike Ihler (D) 5,413 35.2%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hartgen is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Hartgen raised a total of $63,632 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[6]

Stephen Hartgen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho House, District 24B Won $25,517
2010 Idaho House, District 23B Won $17,245
2008 Idaho House, District 23B Won $20,870
Grand Total Raised $63,632


Hartgen won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Hartgen raised a total of $25,517.
Idaho House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Stephen Hartgen's campaign in 2012
Twin Falls County Republican Central Committee$3,000
Elect Lance Clow Account$1,753
Idaho Farm Bureau$1,500
Lee Helder Campaign$1,228
Hartgen, Steve$911
Total Raised in 2012$25,517
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which Hartgen was up for re-election, he collected $17,245 in donations.[7]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Idaho House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Stephen Hartgen's campaign in 2010
Idaho Farm Bureau$1,350
Magic Valley Mall$1,000
Qwest Communications$700
Idaho Land Fund$500
Education Networks Of America$500
Total Raised in 2010 $17,245


In 2008, Anderson raised $20,870.

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

Donor Amount
Idaho Republican Party $2,000
Grace N. Jones $1,000
Idaho Power Co. $1,000


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] Hartgen received a score of -37 points in the 2013 index, ranking 54th out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.


Hartgen has a wife, Linda.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sharon Block (R)
Idaho House of Representatives District 24B
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Idaho House of Representatives District 23B
Succeeded by
Pete Nielsen (R)