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State Chairman

Jonathan Parker

Jonathan Parker was elected to serve as the Chairman of the Idaho Republican Party in July, 2017. Jonathan is the youngest Chairman in Idaho Republican Party history where he has been a dedicated servant of the Idaho Republican Party for many years, starting out as an elected precinct chair where he volunteered hundreds of hours making phone calls, identifying voters, knocking on doors, literature drops, etc. for Idaho Republican candidates. Jonathan has also served as the Chairman and National Committeeman of the Idaho Young Republican Federation, and was voted Young Republican of the year in 2008. Jonathan also has served the Idaho Republican Party in the position of executive director where he coordinated the historic 2010 elections that proved to be the most successful election year in the history of the Idaho Republican Party at that time, and it resulted in retaining all Republicans for Statewide office, unseating Democrat Congressman Walt Minnick, and picking up an additional 5 seats in the Idaho Legislature. As Executive Director, Jonathan raised, managed, and spent over $1.3 million dollars on key victory programs such as buying television ads, mailing hundreds of thousands of campaign mail pieces, making hundreds of thousands of phone calls, recruiting and training a record number of candidates, opening field offices and hiring field staff, and driving a record number of early and absentee voting, just to list a few. Before leaving the Idaho Republican Party for a job at the law firm of Holland & Hart,  Jonathan was voted into the Idaho GOP Hall of Fame by receiving the 2012 Most Valuable Person award.

Jonathan’s professional employment is at the law firm of Holland & Hart LLP where he serves as the Idaho Director of Government Affairs.

Jonathan graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in political science, and then continued his education at Rhema Bible College in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he graduated with a degree in Pastoral Ministries.

Jonathan lives with his beautiful wife, Kelly, and their dog, Oscar. In his free time, Jonathan likes to go on dates with his wife, golf, hang out with friends, volunteer at his church, and enjoy life. 

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
  • President of Stelvio Strategies 
  • Commissioner of White House Fellows


  • Vice President, Corporate Relations at Melaleuca 2004-2015 
  • Financial Advisor, Mitt Romney for President, 2007-2008
  • Director of Administration, Watkins Company, 2002-2005

Executive Director

Frank Terraferma


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.

Lieutenant Governor

Brad Little

Brad Little is an Emmett native who was raised on his family's sheep and cattle ranching operation. He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Agri-business, and has worked in the ranching industry for his entire professional life.

In 1978, Brad had the good fortune and married Teresa Soulen of Weiser.

Teresa and Brad are the proud parents of two sons, who have wonderful wives, Adam and Angela, and David and Kelsey. They are the proud grandparents of  five beautiful grandchildren.

Brad strives to be a good steward of the land and a responsible citizen. He is continuously encouraging sustainable agriculture.

Brad’s personal philosophy has remained consistent throughout his political career, to ensure the lightest possible hand of government in the lives of Idaho's citizens.

Brad is currently a board member for Performance Design Incorporated (PDI), a small Boise based manufacturing company. He is the former chair of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI) and the Idaho Wool Growers Association.

Brad became Idaho’s 37th Lt. Governor on January 6, 2009, and elected to the office in 2010 and again in 2014.

Brad has always been involved in public policy and public service. He first served in public office in 2001 when he fill a Senate vacancy. He was then elected to four consecutive terms. During his service as a Senator, Brad was elected by his Republican peers during his first full term to serve in the Party leadership as Majority Caucus Chair.

As Lt. Governor, Brad understands and holds with high regard, his constitutional duty to preside over the Idaho State Senate, as well as acting as Governor of Idaho when Governor Otter is out of the state. Brad takes a leading role in assisting Governor Butch Otter in advancing Idaho’s economic development, and assists the Governor's office in vetting of potential candidates for cabinet, boards, commissions and council vacancies.

Most importantly, Brad considers his primary responsibility to be responding to the needs of constituents. He makes sure to stay in touch by attending face-to-face meetings, participating in gatherings, events, or activities that relate to public issues and policy, and responding to calls or emails that come to his office. He values all constituents’ comments, concerns and opinions, and holds each inquiry with importance and high regard.


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

Jim Risch, currently serving as Idaho's 28th Senator, holds a longstanding commitment to public service and a passion for good government. Known for "pragmatic decision-making," Risch is what his peers call a "no-nonsense, get-the-job-done leader" with more than four decades of experience in elected office. He has been recognized by the National Journal as the “Most Conservative” Senator in the United States Senate for two years in a row.

Senator Risch was elected to the United States Senate in November of 2008, after serving as Idaho State senator, lieutenant governor and governor. He serves on five Senate Committees, including the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, giving Idaho a continued voice in legislation that dramatically shapes the West. Risch's other committee assignments include the Committee on Foreign Relations, Select Committee on Intelligence, Select Committee on Ethics, and ranking member of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. 

During his service as Idaho's 31st governor, Risch lowered property taxes by 2percent providing much-needed tax relief to Idaho taxpayers, while setting aside $100 million in a rainy day fund for schools. He also designed a plan to manage Idaho's roadless areas and supervised the adoption of a rule that effectively prohibits the construction of traditional mercury-releasing pulverized coal power plants. Both measures earned Risch bipartisan acclaim for his pragmatic approach to natural resource issues and land management.

As governor, Risch also accomplished a number of initiatives to create a streamlined and effective government. He transformed Idaho's executive office by opening regional offices throughout the state, enhancing communication and responsiveness to Idahoans. Risch also succeeded in a major reorganization of Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare that allowed for more efficient administration and cost savings.

As a twice-elected lieutenant governor, Risch earned a reputation as an advocate for smart economic development. He continues to work with businesses-new and old alike-to ensure continued prosperity for the people and places of Idaho. 

Senator Risch began his career in public service at the age of 27, when he was elected to two terms as Ada County prosecuting attorney. Following his tenure as president of the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association, he served 11 elected terms in the Idaho State Senate. His time as senator was highlighted by his quick election to the leadership positions of majority leader and Senate president pro tempore, serving in the top two positions of Senate leadership for 19 of his 22 years. 

Senator Risch earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Idaho, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Idaho, College of Law. He served on Law Review and the College of Law Advisory Committee at the University of Idaho and has taught criminal law at Boise State University. He was a small business owner, a rancher/farmer and senior partner in the Risch Goss Insinger Gustavel Law firm at the time of his election to the U.S. Senate. 

Senator Risch and his wife Vicki have been married for more than 40 years. Their commitment to Idaho and their work together earned them the distinction of being selected as Idaho's Healthy Marriage Ambassadors in 2007. They have three married sons and six grandchildren. They live on a ranch outside of Boise and maintain an apartment in Washington, D.C.


Michael Simpson

Congressman Michael (Mike) K. Simpson is serving his tenth term in the House of Representatives for Idaho’s Second Congressional District.

Mike serves on the House Appropriations Committee. He is the Chairman for the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. He also serves on the Interior and Environment Subcommittee and the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee. These committees have jurisdiction over funding for a number of programs critical to Idaho, including the Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior, the Forest Service, our National Parks, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Smithsonian Institute.  

Simpson is one of the House’s leading advocates for a new energy policy and a renewed commitment to research and development of improved nuclear energy technologies. Mike has also gained national attention for his bill to split the massive, overburdened 9th Circuit Court of Appeals as well as his Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act which addresses the concerns of economic growth and stability for rural Idaho and resolves long time wilderness debate over the Boulder-White Clouds and was signed into law in August of 2015.

His political career began in 1980, when he was elected to the Blackfoot City Council. In 1984, he was elected to the Idaho Legislature where he served until 1998, the last six years serving as Speaker.  Simpson was born in Burley, Idaho and raised in Blackfoot. He graduated from Utah State University and earned his DMD from Washington University School of Dental Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduation, he joined his father and uncle at the Simpson Family Dental Practice in Blackfoot.

Mike is an avid golfer and enjoys painting. He has been married to his wife Kathy for over 40 years and they live in Idaho Falls.


Raúl Labrador

Congressman Raúl Labrador is serving his fourth term representing the 1st Congressional District, which stretches from Nevada to Canada on Idaho’s western side.

He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Washington Law School. He worked as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court in Boise, before opening a law practice that included immigration and criminal defense. He served two terms in the Idaho House of Representatives before his election to Congress in 2010.

Labrador serves on the Natural Resources and Judiciary committees, where he is a leader on immigration and criminal justice reform. In 2015 he helped found the House Freedom Caucus, a group of reform-minded conservatives.

In addition to public service, his primary interest is spending time with his wife, Rebecca, and their five children: Michael, Katerina, Joshua, Diego, and Rafael. Labrador was born Dec. 8, 1967, in Puerto Rico. At age 13, he and his single mother moved to Las Vegas.

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