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Thomas Trail
Idaho House of Representatives District 6A
Former Member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1996
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Idaho, 1958
Master'sUniversity of Maryland, 1960
Date of birthJuly 29, 1935
Place of birthMoscow, ID
Office website
Thomas Trail (b. July 29, 1935) is a former Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 6A from 1996 to 2012.

Trial graduated with his Bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho in Animal Science in 1958 and later graduated from the University of Maryland-College Park with his Bachelor's degree in 1960. Trial also earned a doctoral degree in education from Montana State University in 1968.

Trial is a former professor and also served in the US Army Reserve and in the Peace Corps.

Committee assignments


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


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


Higher education

Rep. Jeff Thompson sponsored the measure to fund the four-year public universities and colleges with $209 million in FY 2012, which passed on a 47-21 vote during the 2011 session. That budget is a $7.6 million reduction from fiscal year 2011.

Though state support dropped, budgets for universities and colleges increased by about 5 percent, because of the addition of various funding measures, including student fees. In fiscal year 2011, this budget received $377.6 million in total funding, a number that will jump to $396.7 million in fiscal year 2012.

Rep. Trail said professors are fleeing the state for other institutions.

“We are just not adequately supporting higher education,” said Trail.

Rep. Phylis King said businesses often open new operations in areas of the country that are able to provide an educated workforce. King argued that continual education cuts would cause businesses to be wary to move to the Gem State.

“We are not providing that [an educated workforce] when we cut education.” said King.

Rep. Grant Burgoyne said “our best and brightest are leaving us” because of cuts. He said that the state is not funding enough education to keep up with the global economy. “America must be No. 1, but we are not doing our job,” said Burgoyne.[1]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Thomas Trail endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Trail did not run for re-election in 2012.


See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Trail wom re-election to District Seat 6A in 2010 against Democrat Judith L. Brown. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 25th. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[3]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 6A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Trail (R) 6,985 57.4%
Judith Brown (D) 5,180 42.6%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Tom Trail won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 6A receiving 53.4% of the vote (9,146 votes), ahead of Democrat Judith Brown who received 46.6% of the vote (7,981 votes).[4]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 6A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Trail (R) 9,146 53.4%
Judith Brown (D) 7,981 46.6%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Trail was up for re-election, he collected $21,851 in donations.[5]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


In 2008, Trail raised $26,431.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign.[6]

Donor Amount
Tom Trail $3,189
Idaho Education Association $2,000
Monsanto $1,000
Rep. House Caucus Richard Jackson Treas $1,000
Roberts for Representative $1,000


Thomas is married with three children and resides in Moscow, Idaho.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Idaho House of Representatives District 6A
Succeeded by
Thyra K. Stevenson (R)