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Brad Little

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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Brad Little (Republican Party) is the Governor of Idaho. He assumed office in 2019. His current term ends on January 2, 2023.

Little (Republican Party) ran for election for Governor of Idaho. He won in the general election on November 6, 2018.

Little defeated former state Rep. Paulette E. Jordan (D) in the 2018 election by a margin of 22 percentage points. He succeeded three-term Gov. Butch Otter (R).

Little's time in elected office began with his appointment to a vacant state senate seat in 2001. He held that seat until his appointment as lieutenant governor in 2009 to succeed Jim Risch (R), who had just been elected to the U.S. Senate. He won election to a full term in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014.

Little is the owner of a cattle ranch in southwestern Idaho.

Little owns Little Enterprises, Inc., a farming and cattle operation, and is a former chairman of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry. As of 2011, he also sat on the board of directors of Home Federal Bank and Performance Design Incorporated, a Boise-based manufacturing company. Little and his wife, Teresa, have two sons.

Education

  • Bachelor's degree - University of Idaho

Caucuses/Former Committees

Member, Idaho Endowment Investment Board

Member, Idaho Petroleum Storage Tank

Member, Agricultural Affairs Committee, Idaho State Senate, 2002

Member, Resources and Environment Affairs Committee, Idaho State Senate, 2002

Education

  • BS, Agribusiness, University of Idaho, 1972-1977

Professional Experience

  • BS, Agribusiness, University of Idaho, 1972-1977
  • Operator, Little Enterprises, Incorporated
  • Owner/General Partner, Little Land and Livestock Company, 1979-2016

Political Experience

  • BS, Agribusiness, University of Idaho, 1972-1977
  • Operator, Little Enterprises, Incorporated
  • Owner/General Partner, Little Land and Livestock Company, 1979-2016
  • Governor, State of Idaho, 2019-present
  • President, Idaho State Senate, 2009-2019
  • Lieutenant Governor, State of Idaho, 2009-2019
  • Candidate, Governor of Idaho, 2018
  • Senator, Idaho State Senate, 2001-2009

Former Committees/Caucuses

Member, Idaho Endowment Investment Board

Member, Idaho Petroleum Storage Tank

Member, Agricultural Affairs Committee, Idaho State Senate, 2002

Member, Resources and Environment Affairs Committee, Idaho State Senate, 2002

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • BS, Agribusiness, University of Idaho, 1972-1977
  • Operator, Little Enterprises, Incorporated
  • Owner/General Partner, Little Land and Livestock Company, 1979-2016
  • Governor, State of Idaho, 2019-present
  • President, Idaho State Senate, 2009-2019
  • Lieutenant Governor, State of Idaho, 2009-2019
  • Candidate, Governor of Idaho, 2018
  • Senator, Idaho State Senate, 2001-2009
  • Member, National Rifle Association (NRA), present
  • Member, Performance Design, Incorporated Board, present
  • Member, Home Federal Bank Board
  • Chair, Idaho Wool Growers Association
  • Director, University of Idaho Foundation Board of Directors
  • Vice Chair, Emmett Public School Foundation, 2004
  • Vice Chair, Idaho Community Foundation, 2004
  • Chair, Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI), 1981-2001

Other Info

Date of Wedding Anniversary:

May 1978

  • David

  • Rancher
  • Idaho Republican National Committeeman
  • Idaho State Senator, R-Emmett for over 14 years

  • 2

Policy Positions

Idaho State Legislative Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test

Abortion

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

1. Abortions should always be illegal.
- No Answer

2. Abortions should always be legal.
- No Answer

3. Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
- No Answer

4. Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
- No Answer

5. Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
- No Answer

6. Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
- No Answer

7. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Budget, Spending and Tax

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.

1. Education (Higher)
- Maintain Status

2. Education (K-12)
- Maintain Status

3. Environment
- Maintain Status

4. Health care
- Maintain Status

5. Law enforcement
- Maintain Status

6. Transportation and highway infrastructure
- Maintain Status

7. Welfare
- Slightly Decrease

8. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.

1. Alcohol taxes
- Maintain Status

2. Capital gains taxes
- Maintain Status

3. Cigarette taxes
- Maintain Status

4. Corporate taxes
- Maintain Status

5. Gasoline taxes
- Maintain Status

6. Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
- Maintain Status

7. Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
- Maintain Status

8. Inheritance taxes
- Maintain Status

9. Property taxes
- Maintain Status

10. Sales taxes
- Maintain Status

11. Vehicle taxes
- Maintain Status

12. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

13. Should Internet sales be taxed?
- Undecided

14. Other or expanded principles
- X

Campaign Finance and Governmental Reform

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

1. Do you support limiting the number of terms for Idaho governors?
- Yes

2. Do you support limiting the number of terms for Idaho state senators and representatives?
- No

Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?

1. Individual
- Yes

2. PAC
- Yes

3. Corporate
- Yes

4. Political Parties
- Yes

5. Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
- Yes

6. Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
- No

7. Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
- Yes

8. Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in Idaho are closed?
- Undecided

9. Do you support deregulation of residential and small business telephone rates?
- Undecided

10. Should all state legislative committee meetings be open to the public?
- No

11. Should Idaho recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
- No Answer

12. Should Idaho restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
- Yes

13. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Crime

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

1. Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
- No Answer

2. Support the death penalty in Idaho.
- X

3. Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
- No Answer

4. End parole for repeat violent offenders.
- No Answer

5. Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
- No Answer

6. Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
- No Answer

7. Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
- No Answer

8. Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
- No Answer

9. Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
- No Answer

10. Increase funding for state and local emergency agencies to prevent and to respond to terrorist attacks.
- No Answer

11. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Education

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

1. Support national standards and testing of public school students.
- No Answer

2. Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
- No Answer

3. Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
- No Answer

4. Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
- No Answer

5. Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
- No Answer

6. Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
- X

7. Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
- No Answer

8. Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
- No Answer

9. Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
- No Answer

10. Increase funding for Head Start programs.
- No Answer

11. Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
- X

12. Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
- No Answer

13. Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
- No Answer

14. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Employment and Affirmative Action

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

1. Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
- No Answer

2. Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
- X

3. Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
- No Answer

4. Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
- No Answer

5. Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
- No Answer

6. Include sexual orientation in Idaho's anti-discrimination laws.
- No Answer

7. Increase the state minimum wage.
- No Answer

8. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:

1. Public employment
- No Answer

2. State college and university admissions
- No Answer

3. State contracting
- No Answer

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Environment and Energy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

1. Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
- X

2. Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
- No Answer

3. Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
- No Answer

4. Support funding for open space preservation.
- No Answer

5. Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
- No Answer

6. Support the removal of wolves from the Federal Endangered Species list.
- X

7. Support the breaching of Snake River dams to restore salmon runs in Idaho.
- No Answer

8. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Gun

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

1. Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

2. Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

3. Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

4. Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
- X

5. Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
- No Answer

6. Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
- No Answer

7. Require a license for gun possession.
- No Answer

8. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Health

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

1. Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
- No Answer

2. Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
- X

3. Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
- X

4. Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
- No Answer

5. Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
- No Answer

6. Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
- No Answer

7. Legalize physician assisted suicide in Idaho.
- No Answer

8. Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
- No Answer

9. Allow Medicaid recipients to work without losing health care benefits and services.
- No Answer

10. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Welfare and Poverty

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

1. Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
- X

2. Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
- No Answer

3. Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
- No Answer

4. Support current limits on benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
- No Answer

5. Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
- No Answer

6. Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
- No Answer

7. Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
- No Answer

8. Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
- No Answer

9. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Legislative Priorities

Please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- No Answer

Elections

2018

General election
General election for Governor of Idaho

Brad Little defeated Paulette E. Jordan, Bev Boeck, Walter Bayes, and Lisa Marie in the general election for Governor of Idaho on November 6, 2018.

Brad Little (R)
59.8%
361,661 Votes

Paulette E. Jordan (D)
38.2%
231,081 Votes

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Bev Boeck (L)
1.1%
6,551 Votes

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Walter Bayes (Constitution Party)
1.0%
5,787 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.0%
51 Votes

Total votes: 605,131

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Governor of Idaho

Paulette E. Jordan defeated A.J. Balukoff and Peter Dill in the Democratic primary for Governor of Idaho on May 15, 2018.

Paulette E. Jordan
58.4%
38,505 Votes

A.J. Balukoff
40.1%
26,423 Votes

Peter Dill
1.4%
954 Votes

Total votes: 65,882

Republican primary election
Republican primary for Governor of Idaho

The following candidates ran in the Republican primary for Governor of Idaho on May 15, 2018.

Brad Little
37.3%
72,548 Votes

Raul Labrador
32.6%
63,478 Votes

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Tommy Ahlquist
26.2%
51,008 Votes

Lisa Marie
1.7%
3,397 Votes

Steven Pankey
1.4%
2,704 Votes

Harley Brown
0.4%
874 Votes

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Dalton Cannady
0.3%
527 Votes

Total votes: 194,536


2014

Little ran for re-election in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014.

Results

Primary election

Lieutenant Governor of Idaho, Republican Primary, 2014

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Little Incumbent 66.8% 96,780
Jim Chmelik 33.2% 48,099
Total Votes 144,879
Election results via Idaho Secretary of State.
General election

Lieutenant Governor of Idaho, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Little Incumbent 62.8% 271,268
Democratic Bert Marley 32.9% 141,917
Constitution David Hartigan 4.3% 18,705
Total Votes 431,890
Election results via Idaho Secretary of State

2010

Little ran for re-election in 2010. He defeated Eldon Wallace (D) and Paul Venable (C) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Idaho Lieutenant Governor, 2010

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Little Incumbent 67.8% 299,979
Democratic Eldon Wallace 27.2% 120,174
Constitution Paul Venable 5% 22,007
Total Votes 442,160
Election results via Idaho Secretary of State
Speeches
Articles

Opinion - Idaho State Budget Well Positioned to Handle Ongoing Impacts of Covid-19

Jul. 24, 2020

By Governor Brad Little Idaho just ended its fiscal year with a surplus nearly three times what was expected before COVID-19. How, in the middle of a global pandemic, did we manage to do that? Through conservative principles of governing. In late March, shortly after the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Idaho, I asked state government agencies to do what businesses and families across Idaho were having to do -- tighten their belts. I called for agencies to cut spending and freeze hiring and any planned salary increases. We were one of the first states to announce a formal holdback. Conservative revenue forecasting also contributed to our relatively positive budget situation. With the support of the Legislature, we used a more conservative revenue forecast than in previous years in order to provide a greater cushion at fiscal year-end. We also moved the tax filing deadline to June 15, giving citizens more time to file their taxes but kept filings in the same fiscal year. Other liberal states had to look for ways to cover shortfalls. We've also taken steps to catalyze Idaho's economic rebound. Idaho was one of the last states with a confirmed COVID-19 case and one of the first states with a plan to safely and responsibly open our economy in stages. In fact, Idaho was ranked as the number one state for economic momentum during the pandemic because of our wage growth and employment figures. While other states already withdrew approximately $1.7 billion from their rainy-day funds during COVID-19, we strengthened Idaho's rainy-day funds with year-end transfers. We anticipate having close to $580 million in reserve. This will prepare us well for the coming years. I'm not trying to be overly optimistic about our budget situation. We anticipate there will be a three- to four-year budget impact because of COVID-19. However, ending our fiscal year with a large surplus means Idaho is well positioned to deal with the ongoing economic reality of living during a global pandemic. We will be able to carry over the surplus into the current fiscal year and minimize service disruption to Idahoans. While other states are facing twenty- to forty-percent cuts, I have asked Idaho state government to prepare for a five-percent holdback this fiscal year. Holdbacks are never easy, but a lot of states would love to be in our position right now. Thankfully, Idaho's public school system will be minimally impacted by COVID-19 in the new fiscal year because of our efforts to strategically leverage federal funds to offset planned reductions. Fiscal conservativism elsewhere in the budget combined with the relief funds we directed to K-12 mean teachers, students, and parents won't feel as much of an impact in schools like they will in other states. Between direct federal support for schools and our actions through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a total of $122.2 million has been committed to K-12 public education for the next school year. I've said it before -- it's what you do in the good years that sets you up for failure or success. Under criticism from some, the Legislature and I chose to pad our rainy-day funds during times of economic prosperity, so we are better able to weather economic downturns like the one we are experiencing across the country now. I want to thank my partners in the Legislature who have helped position our state for a strong economic rebound. These are uncertain, challenging times but we are far better off here than elsewhere right now, thanks to our focus on fiscal conservatism in state government.

Idaho State Journal - This Independence Day, let's unite for a thriving future

Jul. 1, 2020

By Gov. Brad Little The celebration of Independence Day this year will be unlike any other. Our experience with coronavirus will strip away much of the barbecues and fireworks displays that have traditionally marked Independence Day festivities. I'm saddened about that, but I choose to see an opportunity this year to more deeply reflect on where we've been as a country and where we're headed. At its core, the anniversary of our country celebrates a group of renegades rejecting an oppressive monarchy and standing up for a system that should recognize every single human being is equal -- both under the laws of government and in the eyes of the Lord. Self-determination is the bedrock of our identity as a people. Our system of government is brilliant, but it was never intended to be perfect. In fact, the quest for "a more perfect union," as envisioned in our Constitution, should never cease. I'm reminded of an often-told story about the response Benjamin Franklin offered when asked what sort of government we had established. He said, "A republic, if you can keep it." Independence Day is as much about our future as it is about our history. The survival of our country depends on each and every one of us playing an active, informed role in keeping our republic alive. I believe Idahoans embody what our founders envisioned. Angst across the country seems to be at an all-time high. We are seemingly fractured. But as I travel the state, I see mostly love, care, and concern for others happening all around me. I see unity. We are united both in our longing to protect the values that built our great country and in our longing for a better future for America. America has survived a civil war, two world wars, economic depression and, yes, pandemics. These are trying times, but as I have said before, history will remember how we dealt with the challenges. Life is all about choices. Let's choose to take a deep breath and love our neighbors. Let's choose to unite around our commitment in seeing our country thrive for future generations of Idahoans. God bless Idaho and the United States of America.

Idaho Business Review - Idaho leans on fiscally conservative principles in coronavirus relief decisions

Jun. 10, 2020

By Brad Little Idaho was given the chance to once again demonstrate our fiscally conservative values when President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress directed $1.25 billion to all the smaller states including Idaho in federal coronavirus relief dollars. And we answered the call. We are directing much of those funds back to our citizens and businesses rather than putting coronavirus relief funds toward government budgets. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was intended to mitigate the economic fallout of COVID-19. All our actions have been in lockstep with U.S. Treasury guidance for allocation of the funds. Our economic rebound will occur more quickly if Idahoans have more of their hard-earned dollars in their pockets. Earlier this week, I joined mayors, county commissioners, and my partners in the Legislature in announcing Idaho will leverage federal coronavirus relief funds to cover local public safety personnel salaries and ensure there are no reductions in public safety during these unprecedented challenges. At the same time, we are giving cities and counties the opportunity to pass on the savings to property taxpayers rather than backfilling local government budgets. The move is expected to result in up to $200 million in one-time property tax relief. That could mean a 10- to 20-percent reduction in your property taxes this year. Meanwhile, the Legislature will continue to explore ongoing relief to property taxpayers. Idaho also has led the country in our support of small businesses. We directed a sizeable chunk of relief funds toward direct cash support to the self-employed and to businesses with under 50 employees. We listened to businesses large and small, and we're offering back-to-work bonuses to get folks off unemployment and back to work safely. As of today, 98-percent of Idaho businesses can open their doors and jobs are coming back, but businesses tell me they are having a hard time recruiting employees. The back-to-work bonuses are based on a basic conservative principle articulated by President Ronald Reagan: "We should measure success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added." We don't want people on unemployment, sitting at home collecting government checks. We want people working. Work strengthens not just the individual and their family, but all of society. I believe the more than 145,000 Idahoans who filed an unemployment claim since March 1 want to work if they can do so safely. Most of them have never encountered the unemployment line. But most Americans who are out of work due to coronavirus earn more with the enhanced unemployment benefit than their normal wages -- a perk that is expected to expire July 31. In seven weeks, the extra $600-per-week unemployment benefit goes away. The bonuses help folks get back to work sooner. The back-to-work bonuses -- $1,500 for full-time workers and $750 for part-time workers, paid out after they return to work -- will help get our economy going again. That benefits us all, and it saves taxpayer dollars in the long run. President Trump, White House officials, and Congressional Republicans are looking at similar programs on the federal level. I understand the frustration on the part of those who reported to work throughout this time, putting their own health at risk performing services that we all needed. It was and continues to be a stressful time, but many of us are fortunate we didn't have major disruptions in our jobs or income -- unlike those who were forced to file for unemployment benefits. Unfortunately, the CARES Act does not allow bonuses to go to those who have kept their jobs, but we are looking other ways to help this group. In Idaho, we advocate for low taxes, airtight budgets, transparency in government, and minimal regulations. The reason we can direct federal relief dollars back to the taxpayers is because all along we have governed conservatively -- we put money into savings (rainy day accounts), we maintain a balanced budget, we don't incur long-term debt for government operations, and we keep state agency budgets accountable and lean. I'm proud of the citizens of Idaho for their collective efforts to effectively slow the spread of coronavirus in our state. With your continued support, our economic rebound will happen more quickly and more robustly than many other places in the country and the world.

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