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|Idaho State Senate District 8|
|December 1, 2012-Present|
|December 1, 2014|
|Years in position||3|
|Per diem||$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Idaho House of Representatives District 11A|
|Date of birth||January 30, 1954|
|Place of birth||Richland, WA|
Thyan graduated with his Bachelor's degree in Political Science and his teaching certificate from Boise State University. Thyan also took a dairy herdsman course from Utah State University.
In addition to being a representative, Thyan is a high school teacher and a farmer.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Thayn served on the following committees:
|Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Joint Finance-Appropriations|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Thayn served on these committees:
|Idaho Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Commerce and Human Resources|
|• Health and Welfare|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Thayn served on these committees:
|Idaho Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Commerce and Human Resources|
|• Health and Welfare|
In 2011, Wyoming and Montana started working on bills that would end teacher tenure. Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho all share heavily-Republican legislatures in the 2011 session. Anti-tenure ideas came from Republicans in Wyoming and Montana, raising the question about whether a similar plan could come to the Idaho.
Rep. Thayn of Idaho says that he would like to have the discussion about enduing tenure, but wouldn’t make a firm commitment to supporting the idea.
"The current system helps teachers more than it helps students," said Thayn. "Having tenure doesn’t help students. So yes, I think that discussion should come to Idaho."
Advocates for the bill in Wyoming say that the legislation protects good teachers while making it much easier to remove poor educators from classrooms.
Sen. Hank Coe said the legislation will make teachers more accountable to the people who pay their salaries, the taxpayers.
“People flat don’t like tenure,” Coe said. “People in the real world don’t like it. It doesn’t exist in any other business.”
Rep. Derek Skees said he “want(s) to make tenure basically illegal in the state of Montana.”
"Any environment that legalizes bad behavior needs to be removed, and I think tenure legalizes bad behavior,” said Skees.
The Skees’ plan would not only include K-12 public school teachers, but university professors as well.
Idaho’s kindergarten system
Rep. Thayn wants to overhaul Idaho’s kindergarten system and integrate parents into the education process. Thayn believes the move would save more than $50 million, a figure he is counting on for the plan to gain traction with state representatives and senators.
Idaho is facing what some believe will be a budget gap of $200 million to $400 million in fiscal year 2012.
The aim is to cut the amount school districts receive to pay for kindergarten instruction and give schools the flexibility to create their own programs.
In Thayn’s vision, schools would hire kindergarten coordinators, staffers assigned to provide support, curriculum, and technical expertise to parents of students. Parents would then take curriculum directives and teach them directly to their own children, thereby eliminating the need for kindergarten teachers.
- See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012
Thayn won election in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate Idaho State Senate District 8. Thayn defeated Terry Gestrin and Alan D. Ward in the May 15 Republican primary and defeated Joanna Clausen (D) and Kirsten Faith Richardson (I) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Idaho State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012|
|Independent||Kirsten Faith Richardson||8%||1,713|
|Idaho State Senate District 8 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Alan D. Ward||27.8%||2,065|
Thayn won re-election to District Seat 11A in 2010 with no opposition. He defeated Mike Pullin in the Republican primary on May 25th by a margin of 3,464 to 1,856. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.
|Idaho House of Representatives, District 11A (2010)|
|Steven Thayn (R)||11,687||100%|
On November 4, 2008, Republican Steven Thayn won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 11A receiving 59.9% of the vote (11,538 votes), ahead of Democrat Bob Solomon who received 40.1% of the vote (7,724 votes).
|Idaho House of Representatives, District 11A (2008)|
|Steven Thayn (R)||11,538||59.9%|
|Bob Solomon (D)||7,724||40.1%|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, a year in which Thayn was up for re-election, he collected $10,723 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Idaho House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Steven Thayn's campaign in 2010|
|Idaho Farm Bureau||$1,050|
|Industrial Builders Inc||$1,000|
|Idaho Dental Association||$500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$10,723|
In 2008, Thayn raised $15,940.
Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign. 
|Canyon County Republican Central CMTE||$2,000|
|Idaho Farm Bureau||$1,000|
|House Republican Victory Fund of Idaho||$1,000|
Thyan represents House Seat A in Idaho House District 11. District 11 includes the northern half of Canyon County and all of Gem counties.
Steven is married to Sherry Thayn. They have eight children and live in Emmett, Idaho.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Steven + Thayn + Idaho + Senate"
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- Steven Thayn's personal website
- Idaho House of Representatives - Steven Thayn
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004
- Steven Thayn on Facebook
- "Legislators in neighboring states looking to end teacher tenure in 2011," Idaho Reporter, December 16th, 2010
- "Emmett Republican wants overhaul of Idaho’s kindergarten system," Idaho Reporter, December 20th, 2010
- Idaho Secretary of State Election Division, "May 15, 2012 Primary Election Results," accessed 4 July 2012
- Office of the Idaho Secretary of State "List of All Candidate Declarations for 2012," Accessed March 14, 2012
- Idaho Secretary of State – Elections Division, “November 6, 2012 General Election Results,” accessed December 27, 2012
- Idaho Secretary of State - 2010 General election results
- Idaho House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- 2010 campaign contributions
- 2008 contributors to Steven Thayn
- "Idaho Legislature" 2009 Legislative Directory, July 22, 2009(See page 2)
|Idaho State Senate District 8
| Succeeded by|
Sheryl L. Nuxoll (R)
|Idaho House of Representatives District 11A
| Succeeded by|
Gayle Batt (R)