Brad Little (politician)
|42nd Lieutenant Governor of Idaho|
January 6, 2009
|Preceded by||Jim Risch|
February 15, 1954 |
Emmett, Idaho, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Idaho, Moscow|
Brad Little (born February 15, 1954) has served as the 42nd Lieutenant Governor of Idaho since January 2009. A Republican, Little was appointed to the position by Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter to succeed Jim Risch, who resigned to become a United States Senator. Little was elected to a full term in his own right in November 2010.
Prior to his appointment as lieutenant governor Little served in the Idaho Senate where he served as majority caucus chair and represented Idaho legislative District 11.
Personal Life and Career
A native of Emmett in Gem County, Little is a third-generation Idahoan. Little graduated from the University of Idaho where he was a member of Idaho Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Theta. Little married Weiser native Teresa Soulen in May 1978. They have two sons and daughters-in-law and three grandsons- Adam, Angela and Jack; and David, Kelsey, Henry, and Dylan.
Little has spent his career working in his family’s ranching interests while often engaging in Idaho public policy as a business leader. He continues to work as the head of Little Enterprises, Inc. (a diversified farming and cattle operation), Little is a former chairman of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI), the Idaho Wool Growers Association, and vice-chairman of the Idaho Community Foundation. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Home Federal Bank as well as Performance Design Incorporated – a small Boise-based manufacturing company.
Early Political Life
Little was appointed to fill a Senate vacancy in May, 2001, and was subsequently elected and reelected senator from District 11 four times. In the Idaho Senate, Little rose quickly into leadership, being elected by his peers as Majority Caucus Chairman in 2003. He held this position until Governor Otter appointed him to fill the vacancy left by then Lt. Governor Jim Risch’s election to the U.S. Senate in January 2009. Little was sworn in by Otter on January 6, 2009. Little was confirmed by unanimous consent when the Idaho Senate convened on January 12, 2009.
Job as Lieutenant Governor
As Lieutenant Governor, in addition to presiding over the Idaho Senate and acting as Governor when the Governor is out of the state, Little works on economic development across Idaho— working to increase growth in all regions of the state, facilitate the creation of higher incomes, and provide more and better jobs for Idahoans.
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