Brad Little (politician)

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Brad Little
Lieutenant Governor Brad Little.JPG
42nd Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
Assumed office
January 6, 2009
Governor Butch Otter
Preceded by Jim Risch
Member of the Idaho Senate
from the 11th district
In office
May 24, 2001 – January 5, 2009
Preceded by Judy Danielson
Succeeded by Melinda Smyser
Personal details
Born (1954-02-15) February 15, 1954 (age 60)
Emmett, Idaho, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Teresa Soulen (m.1978)
Children 2
Alma mater University of Idaho, Moscow
Website Official website
Campaign website

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 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.[1]

Personal Life and Career[edit]

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 also engaging in Idaho public policy as a business and industry 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.

Political Career[edit]

Little was appointed to fill a Senate vacancy in May 2001, representing District 11, which encompassed all of Gem County and the northern portion of Canyon County, including the communities of Middleton and Parma. Little was subsequently elected and re-elected 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.

Appointment and Election as Idaho's Lieutenant Governor[edit]

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.[2] Little was confirmed by unanimous consent when the Idaho Senate convened on January 12, 2009.[3]

Role as Lieutenant Governor[edit]

The constitutional duties of the Lieutenant Governor are to preside over the Idaho State Senate when it is in session and to fill in for the governor when he is out of the state. Additionally, the Lieutenant Governor performs such duties as the governor may deem necessary for the good of the state, including serving as the Governor's chief appointments officer and vetting candidates for boards, commissions and councils.

Lieutenant Governor Little chairs Project 60, Idaho's plan to grow the state's gross domestic product to $60 billion. In this role, Little focuses 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.

His unofficial duties also include responding to constituents either through personal contact or by participating in meetings or activities pertaining to public issues.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Risch
Lieutenant Governor of Idaho