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Idaho Republican Party


Phone: (208) 343-6405 Fax: (208) 343-6414

PO Box 2267 Boise, ID 83701-2267


State Chairman

Steve Yates

Stephen Yates is a former White House official, current think tank distinguished fellow, small business owner, TV studio operator, and Idaho Republican Party chairman.

Mr. Yates was elected chairman of the Idaho Republican Party on August 2, 2014, and lead a successful statewide general election campaign keeping every Congressional and constitutional office Republican, and preserving Republican supermajorities in Idaho’s House and Senate.

Continuing his long commitment to politics, policy, and the party, Mr. Yates was senior campaign advisor and director of national security staff for Newt 2012, served as senior Asia advisor for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee during the 2008 campaign, and advised the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign’s Asia team.

Since 2006, he has been a frequent media commentator and CEO of DC International Advisory.  The Idaho-based firm assesses international risk and provides situational awareness of developments in Washington and select foreign capitals.

Before opening DC International Advisory, Mr. Yates served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs from 2001 through 2005. During his tenure in government, he was deeply involved in the development and execution of U.S foreign policy priorities. Mr. Yates provided direct support to the Vice President and his national security advisor for White House deliberations.

Mr. Yates is currently a distinguished fellow with The Hamilton Foundation, which aims to redefine the center of public policy debate. He is a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated Dana Loesch Radio Show and John Batchelor Show, as well as several Idaho and regional radio programs.  On television, he is regularly seen on CNN, Fox News, and the Fox Business channel. Other networks carrying Yates’ commentary and analysis include The Blaze, Newsmax, BBC News, CNBC Asia, ABC Four Corners, America’s Morning News, and The Daily Caller.

Mr. Yates previously served as Senior Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation and an analyst at the National Security Agency. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, he received a Master’s degree in China Studies from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  He resides in Idaho Falls.

National Committeewoman

Cindy Siddoway

Cindy Siddoway was elected as the National Committeewoman from Idaho in June of 2012. She is an honors graduate of Idaho State University with a B.A. in University Studies and a focus on Entrepreneurship and Political Environment.

Currently, Ms. Siddoway is the owner and business manager of Siddoway Sheep Company, Inc., a 128-year-old family sheep ranch. She is also the owner and business manager of Juniper Mountain, LLC, an elk and bison hunting preserve, and of Siddoway Wool Company, LLC, that designs and sells wool blankets. Ms. Siddoway is a member of the American Sheep Industry Legislative Action Council and the Sheep Heritage Foundation.

Previously, Ms. Siddoway owned the C.J. Oil Company and SEBS Feed and Supply. She was also the chairman of the Idaho State Committee, Farm Service Agency. Ms. Siddoway was a member of many professional associations including the Idaho State Technical Committee, the American Sheep Industry Association (past President), Women Involved in Farm Economics, and American Agri-Women, among many others. She is married to State Senator Jeff Siddoway and has three children and four grandchildren. 

National Committeeman

Damond Watkins


  • National Committeeman, Idaho Republican State Committee, 2011 – Present
  • Vice President, Corporate Relations at Melaleuca


  • Financial Advisor, Mitt Romney for President, 2007-2008
  • Director of Administration, Watkins Company, 2002-2005

Executive Director

David Johnston


Butch Otter

C. L. Butch Otter was born in Caldwell, Idaho on May 3, 1942. He graduated from St. Teresa's Academy (now Bishop Kelly High School) in Boise, attended Boise Junior College (now Boise State University), and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the College of Idaho in 1967. Otter served honorably in the Idaho Army National Guard's 116th Armored Cavalry from 1968 to 1973, and later was awarded honorary doctorates from Mindanao State University in the Philippines and the College of Idaho in Caldwell. Otter's 30-year career in business included membership on the Board of Directors of the J.R. Simplot Company. He also served as Director of the Food Products Division, President of Simplot Livestock, and President of Simplot International. Otter served four terms as Idaho's Lieutenant Governor - longer than anyone in Idaho history. He previously represented the people of Canyon County in the Idaho House of Representatives for two terms (1973-1976), was on the Idaho Republican Party Central Committee and was Chairman of the Canyon County Republican Party. He served three terms in Congress representing Idaho's 1st District (2000-2006). Otter is a father of four and grandfather of five. He is married to the former Lori Easley. They live on their ranch near Star.


Michael Crapo

CRAPO, Michael Dean, a Senator and a Representative from Idaho; born in Idaho Falls, Bonneville County, Idaho, May 20, 1951; graduated Idaho Falls High School 1969; B.A., Brigham Young University 1973; J.D., Harvard University School of Law 1977; admitted to the bar in 1977; law clerk to Judge James M. Carter, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 1977-1978; practiced law in San Diego 1978-1979, and in Idaho Falls 1979-1992; vice chair, Bonneville County Republican Committee 1979-1981; vice chair, Legislative District 29 Republican Committee 1982-1984; Idaho State senator 1985-1992; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Third and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1993-January 3, 1999); was not a candidate for reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives, but was elected to the United States Senate in 1998; reelected in 2004 and again in 2010 for the term ending January 3, 2017.


James Risch

RISCH, James, a Senator from Idaho; born in Milwaukee, Wis., May 3, 1943; B.A., attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1961-1963; B.S. in Forestry, University of Idaho, 1965; J.D., University of Idaho College of Law, 1968; Ada County, Idaho, prosecuting attorney, 1970-1974; Idaho State senator, 1974-1989 and 1995-2003, serving as majority leader (1976-1982), and as president pro tempore (1982-1989); lieutenant governor of Idaho, 2003-2006 and 2007-2009; governor of Idaho, 2006; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 2008; reelected in 2014 for the term ending January 3, 2021.


Michael Simpson

SIMPSON, Michael K., a Representative from Idaho; born in Burley, Cassia County, Idaho, September 8, 1950; graduated from Blackfoot High School, Blackfoot, Idaho, 1968; graduated from Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 1972; D.M.D., Washington University School of Dental Medicine, St. Louis, Mo., 1978; dentist; member of the Idaho state house of representatives, 1984-1998, speaker, 1993-1998; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Sixth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1999-present).


Raúl Labrador

LABRADOR, Raúl R., a Representative from Idaho; born in Carolina, San Juan County, Puerto Rico, December 8, 1967; B.A., Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1992; J.D., University of Washington, Seattle, Wash., 1995; lawyer, private practice; member of the Idaho state house of representatives, 2006-2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).
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