Idaho Republican Party

The Idaho Republican Party (IDGOP) is the Idaho state affiliate of the United States Republican Party. The headquarters are in Boise, Idaho. Since the 2010 general election, Republicans have held all congressional and statewide offices in Idaho. The 2016 general election yielded a Republican supermajority in the state legislature, with 84% of members serving as Republicans.

Idaho Republican Party
Chairperson Jonathan Parker
Senate leader Brent Hill
House leader Scott Bedke
Founded 1860s
Headquarters Suite 302,101 South Capitol Blvd Ste 102, Boise, Idaho 83702
Ideology Conservatism
Fiscal conservatism
Social conservatism
Political position Conservative[1]
National affiliation Republican Party
Colors Red
Seats in the Upper House
29 / 35
Seats in the Lower House
59 / 70


By the time of the 1889 Constitutional Convention, the Republican Party had become a prominent Party in Idaho, and made up the majority of the representatives at the Constitutional Convention for statehood. Republicans and Democrats had equal influence in Idaho until the 1960s when the Republican Party emerged as the dominant political Party.[2] The Republican Party has held the governorship since 1995, both US Senate seats since 1981, and both US House seats since 2010.

As of 2017, Idaho has the second largest percentage of Republicans in a state legislature. Republicans control all constitutional offices in the state and maintain supermajorities in the House and Senate.

Governing body

1. State Central Committee: The governing body of the Idaho Republican Party is the Republican State Central Committee, which is made up of elected members from each legislative district and county. It establishes the rules and functions of the Idaho Republican Party on the state level.[3]

2. Chairman and Executive Committee: The current chairman of the Idaho Republican Party is Jonathan Parker.[4] Parker became the chair on July 22, 2017.[5] The current executive director is Frank Terraferma, a past Republican Party of Florida official and senior strategists with Front Line Strategies.[6] Terraferma became executive director on October 27, 2017.[7] The Executive Committee consists of a first and second vice chair, secretary, treasurer, finance chair, region chairs from each of Idaho’s seven regions, and the presidents of the affiliated clubs; Young Republicans, College Republicans, and Republican Women. The Executive Committee is selected at the State Convention, held bi-annually.[8]

Executive Committee Members has of the 2018 Summer Convention[9]
Voting Members
1st Vice Chair Jennifer Locke
2nd Vice Chair Bryan Smith
National Committeeman Damond Watkins
National Committeewoman Cindy Siddoway
Secretary Marla Lawson
Treasurer Tom Kealey
Region 1 Bjorn Handeen
Region 2 Marge Arnzen
Region 3 Viki Purdy
Region 4 Brock Frazier
Region 5 Dale Ewersen
Region 6 Terrel "Ned" Tovey
Region 7 Ann Rydalch
Financial Chair Trent Wright[10]
Young Republicans Chair Adam Strong[11]
IFRW President Kitty Kunz[12]
College Republicans Chair Garrett Peterson[13]

Current Republican officeholders

Statewide offices

Members of Congress

U.S. Senate

U.S. House of Representatives

State legislators

Idaho Senate

Republicans currently hold 29 out of 35 seats in the Idaho Senate.

Legislative DistrictSenatorCounty
LD-1Shawn KeoughBoundary/Bonner
LD-2Steve VickKootenai
LD-3Bob NoniniKootenai
LD-4Mary SouzaKootenai
LD-5Dan ForemanBenewah/Latah
LD-6Dan G. JohnsonLewis/Nez Perce
LD-7Carl CrabtreeIdaho/Clearwater/Shoshone/Bonner
LD-8Steven ThaynValley/Gem/Boise/Custer/Lemhi
LD-9Abby LeeAdams/Washington/Payette/Canyon
LD-10Jim RiceCanyon
LD-11Patti Anne LodgeCanyon
LD-12Todd LakeyCanyon
LD-13Jeff AgenbroadCanyon
LD-14Marv HagedornAda
LD-15Fred MartinAda
LD-20Chuck WinderAda
LD-21Cliff BayerAda
LD-22Lori Den HartogAda
LD-23Bert BrackettElmore/Owyhee/Twin Falls
LD-24Lee HeiderTwin Falls
LD-25Jim PatrickTwin Falls/Jerome
LD-27Kelly AnthonMinidoka/Cassia
LD-28Jim GuthriePower/Bannock
LD-30Dean MortimerBonneville
LD-31Steve BairBingham
LD-32Mark HarrisBear Lake/Caribou/Franklin/Oneida/Bonneville/Teton
LD-33Tony PottsBonneville
LD-34Brent HillMadison/Bonneville
LD-35Jeff SiddowayButte/Jefferson/Fremont/Clark

Idaho House of Representatives

Republicans currently hold 59 out of 70 seats in the Idaho House of Representatives.

Legislative DistrictRepresentativeCounty
LD-1Heather ScottBoundary/Bonner
LD-1Sage DixonBoundary/Bonner
LD-2Vito BarbieriKootenai
LD-2Eric RedmanKootenai
LD-3Don CheathamKootenai
LD-3Ron MendiveKootenai
LD-4Paul AmadorKootenai
LD-4Luke MalekKootenai
LD-5Caroline Nilsson TroyBenewah/Latah
LD-6Thyra StevensonLewis/Nez Perce
LD-6Mike KingsleyLewis/Nez Perce
LD-7Priscilla GiddingsIdaho/Clearwater/Shoshone/Bonner
LD-7Paul ShepherdIdaho/Clearwater/Shoshone/Bonner
LD-8Dorothy MoonVally/Gem/Boise/Custer/Lemhi
LD-8Terry GestrinVally/Gem/Boise/Custer/Lemhi
LD-9Judy BoyleAdams/Washington/Payette/Canyon
LD-9Ryan KerbyAdams/Washington/Payette/Canyon
LD-10Gregory ChaneyCanyon
LD-10Jarom WagonerCanyon
LD-11Scott SymeCanyon
LD-11Christy PerryCanyon
LD-12Robert AnderstCanyon
LD-12Rick YoungbloodCanyon
LD-13Gary CollinsCanyon
LD-13Brent CraneCanyon
LD-14Gayann DeMordauntAda
LD-14Mike MoyleAda
LD-15Lynn LukerAda
LD-15Patrick McDonaldAda
LD-20James HoltzclawAda
LD-20Joe PalmerAda
LD-21Thomas DayleyAda
LD-21Steven HarrisAda
LD-22Jason MonksAda
LD-22John Vander WoudeAda
LD-23Megan BlanksmaElmore/Owyhee/Twin Falls
LD-23Christy ZitoElmore/Owyhee/Twin Falls
LD-24Lance ClowTwin Falls
LD-24Stephen HartgenTwin Falls
LD-25Maxine BellTwin Falls/Jerome
LD-25Clark KauffmanTwin Falls/Jerome
LD-26Steve MillerBlaine/Camas/Gooding/Lincoln
LD-27Fred WoodMinidoka/Cassia
LD-27Scott BedkeMinidoka/Cassia
LD-28Randy ArmstrongPower/Bannock
LD-28Kelley PackerPower/Bannock
LD-29Dustin ManwaringBannock
LD-30Jeff ThompsonBonneville
LD-30Wendy HormanBonneville
LD-31Neil AndersonBingham
LD-31Julie VanOrdenBingham
LD-32Marc GibbsBear Lake/Caribou/Franklin/Oneida/Bonneville/Teton
LD-32Thomas LoertscherBear Lake/Caribou/Franklin/Oneida/Bonneville/Teton
LD-33Barbara EhardtBonneville
LD-33Bryan ZollingerBonneville
LD-34Ronald NateMadison/Bonneville
LD-34Dell RaybouldMadison/Bonneville
LD-35Van T. BurtenshawButte/Jefferson/Fremont/Clark
LD-35Karen HanksButte/Jefferson/Fremont/Clark

Legislative leadership

Chairs of IDGOP

Chairman Term
Jonathan Parker 2017–present
Stephen Yates 2014–2017
Barry Peterson 2012–2014
Norm Semanko 2008–2012
J. Kirk Sullivan 2004–2008
John Sandy 2002–2004
Trent Clark 1998–2002
Ron McMurray 1994–1998
N. Randy Smith 1993–1994
Phil Batt 1991–1993
Randy Ayre 1989–1991
Blake Hall 1985–1989
Dennis Olsen 1976–1985
Vern Ravenscroft 1975–1976
Robert "Bob" Linville 1974-1975
Marge Miner 1972-1974
Roland Wilber 1968-1972
John O. McMurray 1964-1968
Ray Robbins 1958-1962
Wallace C. Burns 1955-1958
William S. Campbell 1952-1955
Milton L. Horsley 1950-1952
Ezra B. Hinshaw 1948-1950
T.W. "Tom" Smith 1946-1948
S.L. "Vern" Thorpe 1944-1946
Reilly Atkinson, Sr 1942-1944
Thomas "Tom" Heath[14][15][16] 1938–1942
C. A. Bottolfsen 1936–1938
R.P. Perry 1931-1936
R. B. Scatterday 1930-1931
John McMurray 1924-1930
I. H. Nash 1922-1924
John Thomas 1918-1922
S.D. Taylor 1918-1918
Evan Evans 1915-1918
George A. Day 1912-1915
B.F. O'Neil 1908-1910?
James H. Brady 1904–1908
George H. Stewart 1896
William Borah 1892


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