As your State Senator, I provide effective leadership, preserving your rights as an Idahoan, while preparing for a future of opportunity for you and your family. I value the rural lifestyle District 7 offers our families and neighbors from Idaho, Clearwater, Shoshone and Bonner Counties, and I will continue to defend those values in the Idaho Legislature. With hundreds of miles between us and the Capitol, it is critical that you know I will make sure your message of fiscal conservatism and limited government is heard in Boise. It is critical that we hold our state agencies accountable, and we must require outcome-based results.
I have worked both in the public and private sector, with most of my time being spent on our ranch in Grangeville. My wife Carolyn, and I, work together in our registered beef cattle and small livestock trucking businesses. I was the president of the Idaho Cattle Association, the Idaho Beef Council and the National Cattleman’s Beef board of directors, chairing two national committees. I am a former Idaho County weed supervisor and University of Idaho extension agent who managed the Idaho County 4-H program for nearly three decades. During that time, I created one of the strongest 4-H programs throughout Idaho.
I believe my background has shown that I know how government works and how business gets done. This unique blend of experience allows me to understand how to run government like a business, which is an important part of being an effective state legislator.
Most importantly, I know just how hard it is to make a dollar and just how easy it is to spend that dollar. We as taxpayers deserve a Senator who will ensure our state funds are being spent with business caution and no government waste.
I appreciate your support to bring better government to our area and Idaho, as I represent each of you in District 7.
Carolyn and I have been married for 47 years and raised three children on our ranch in Grangeville. We have two daughters and one son, and now one grandson!
I am a proud graduate of the University of Idaho where I earned by Bachelor of Science in plant science, chemistry and animal science. Before becoming a Vandal, I spend my high school career at Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia – go Rams!
Major Awards & Recognitions
Governor’s Award Winner for Excellence in Agriculture for Education/Advocacy, 2009
Beef Magazine Trailblazer Award Winner for Visionary Leadership, 2007
Idaho Weed Hall of Fame, 2007
Idaho Cattle Association, “Cattleman of the Year Award”, 2004
Idaho Department of Agriculture, Special Award for “Dedicated Leadership in Building an Effective Weed Management Program, and Implementing the Idaho Strategic Plan”, 2000