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Susan Chew
Idaho House of Representatives District 17B
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 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Berkeley
Place of birthOakland, CA
Office website
Campaign website
Susan Chew is a Democratic member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 17B since 2006.

In addition to being a legislator, Chew is a pharmacist and a part-time Biology professor at Boise State University.

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Health and Welfare
Local Government


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


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


Campaign themes


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

  • Environment
Excerpt: "Rising gas prices and increased emissions have had a negative impact on working families across the state. While serving in the Idaho Legislature I co-sponsored a concurrent resolution to increase efficiency within Department of Environmental Quality and the Office of Energy Resources. This resolution would have placed the development of energy conservation and instate renewable resources as a high priority, while creating new jobs."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Road congestion and rising gas prices have led to an increased demand for public transportation throughout Idaho. I support local option funding to satisfy this growing necessity."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I support empowering our teachers with the flexibility to truly educate the next generation. While serving in the Idaho legislature I co-sponsored a plan that would allow school districts to save the money normally spent on energy costs to providing adequate textbooks. This would have required the construction of new school buildings to be more energy efficient and given our children the privilege of updated textbooks and an environment of natural light and quality air circulation."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "My experience and interest in healthcare have given me the knowledge to understand that affordable healthcare is a necessity for all – not a privilege. Every Idahoan should be given the ability to access quality, affordable healthcare."
  • Business
Excerpt: "Idaho needs to promote and attract healthy competition and growth within our state by providing the best possible resources for businesses to thrive. I will continue to make sure small businesses have a voice in the Idaho Legislature, especially focused on adequate health benefits for themselves, their families and their employees"



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Chew won re-election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives District 17B. She defeated Greg Nielson in the Democratic primary and defeated Chad Inman (R) and Mikel Hautzinger (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 17B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Chew Incumbent 62.7% 10,188
     Republican Chad Inman 31.3% 5,076
     Libertarian Mikel Hautzinger 6% 976
Total Votes 16,240

Idaho House of Representatives District 17B Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Chew Incumbent 88.9% 1,318
Greg Nielson 11.1% 164
Total Votes 1,482


See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Chew won re-election to District Seat 17B in 2010 against Republican Dan Loughrey. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 25th. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[5]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 17B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Susan Chew (D) 5,591 59.4%
Dan Loughrey (R) 3,814 40.6%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Susan Chew won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 17B receiving 64.7% of the vote (9,940 votes), ahead of Republican Daniel Loughrey who received 35.3% of the vote (5,414 votes).[6]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 17B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Susan Chew (R) 9,940 64.7%
Daniel Loughrey (D) 5,414 35.3%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Chew was up for re-election, she collected $28,513 in donations.[7]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Idaho House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Susan Chew's campaign in 2010
Idaho State Afl-Cio$3,000
Chew, Sue$3,000
Beck, Elizabeth Drake$2,000
Idaho Education Association$2,000
Restore Representative Government$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $28,513


In 2008, Chew raised $33,387.

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

Donor Amount
Idaho Education Association $3,000
Elizabeth Drake Beck $2,000
Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho $2,000
Communications Workers of America $1,000
Megan K. Hull $1,000
Central Trades Solidarity Pac $1,000


Chew is single and resides in Boise, Idaho.

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