|Idaho State Senate District 8|
|December 1, 2012-Present|
|December 1, 2014|
|Years in position||2|
|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|
|Birthday||January 30, 1954|
|Place of birth||Richland, WA|
- 1 Committee assignments
- 2 Issues
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Scorecards
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Thyan earned his B.S. in Political Science from Boise State University. His professional experience includes working as a high school teacher and 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 worked on bills that would end teacher tenure. Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho all shared 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 said that he wanted to have the discussion about enduing tenure, but did’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 said that the legislation protected good teachers while making it much easier to remove poor educators from classrooms.
Sen. Hank Coe said the legislation would 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.
Skees’ plan not only included K-12 public school teachers, but university professors as well.
Idaho’s kindergarten system
Rep. Thayn wanted to overhaul Idaho’s kindergarten system and integrate parents into the education process. Thayn believed the move would save more than $50 million, a figure he counted on for the plan to gain traction with state representatives and senators.
Idaho was facing what some believed would be a budget gap of $200 million to $400 million in fiscal year 2012.
The aim was 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%|
Comprehensive donor information for Thayn is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Thayn raised a total of $59,050 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 30, 2013.
|Steven Thayn's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Idaho State Senate, District 8||$14,535|
|2010||Idaho State House, District 11A||$10,723|
|2008||Idaho State House, District 11A||$15,940|
|2006||Idaho State House, District 11A||$12,985|
|2004||Idaho State Senate, District 11||$4,867|
|Grand Total Raised||$59,050|
2012Thayn won election to the Idaho State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Thayn raised a total of $14,535.
|Idaho State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Steven Thayn's campaign in 2012|
|Idaho Farm Bureau||$1,750|
|Idaho Association for Good Government||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$14,535|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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|
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. Thayn received a score of 66 points in the 2013 index, ranking 7th out of 35 members of the Idaho State Senate that were evaluated for the study.
Steven and his wife, Sherry, have eight children.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Steven + Thayn + Idaho + Senate"
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- Idaho State Senate - Steven Thayn
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010, 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
- followthemoney.org, "Thayn, Steven," accessed August 30, 2013
- 2010 campaign contributions
- 2008 contributors to Steven Thayn
- Idaho Freedom Foundation, "2013 Freedom Index," accessed August 19, 2013
|Idaho State Senate District 8
| Succeeded by|
Sheryl L. Nuxoll (R)
|Idaho House of Representatives District 11A
| Succeeded by|
Gayle Batt (R)