Ben Ysursa

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Ben Ysursa
Secretary of State of Idaho
In office
January 6, 2003 – January 5, 2015
Preceded byPete Cenarrusa
Succeeded byLawerence Denney
Personal details
Born (1949-06-10) June 10, 1949 (age 70)
Boise, Idaho
Political partyRepublican
Alma materGonzaga University, St. Louis University Law School

Ben T. Ysursa (born June 10, 1949) is the former Secretary of State of Idaho, United States. He was elected on the Republican Party ticket.


Ysursa is married and has three children with his wife, Penny. They also have two grandchildren.


Ysursa graduated from Bishop Kelly High School (1967) and Gonzaga University (1971). He attained his law degree from St. Louis University Law School (1974) and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1974.


From 1974 to 2003, Ysursa served in the Idaho Secretary of State office under his predecessor, Pete T. Cenarrusa. He held the positions of Deputy Secretary of State (1974 - 1976) and Chief Deputy Secretary of State (1976-2003).

Ysursa was elected Secretary of State in 2002 with 77.5 percent of the vote.[1]

He was reelected unopposed in 2006.[2][3]

In 2010 Ysursa was elected to a third term, defeating Democratic nominee Mack Sermon with 74.3 percent of the vote.[4]

Ysursa did not seek reelection in 2014.[5] He was succeeded by Lawerence Denney.[6][7]


  • "Boyd Martin Award" from the Association of Idaho Cities[8]
  • Recipient for Outstanding Administrator (1992) from the Idaho Republican Party.[9]

Service on Committees[edit]

  • Board of Land Commissioners (member)
  • Board of Examiners (member)
  • Board of Canvassers (chairman)
  • Land Board briefing committee (member)
  • Board of Examiners sub-committee (member)
  • various state and city committees (member)


  1. ^ "2002 General Results statewide". Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  2. ^ "2006 Primary Results statewide". Archived from the original on 2015-04-19. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  3. ^ "2006 General Results statewide". Archived from the original on 2012-09-22. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  4. ^ November 2, 2010 General Election Results Archived September 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine (accessed 17 January 2012)
  5. ^ Popkey, Dan. "Ysursa won't run for re-election as Idaho secretary of state" Idaho Statesman, November 8, 2013. (accessed 3 December 2013)
  6. ^ "Working For Idaho | Denney For Idaho". Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  7. ^ "Lawerence Denney navigates from partisan speaker to less-partisan secretary of state". idahostatesman. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  8. ^ "Ben Ysursa Biography". Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  9. ^ "Ben Ysursa Biography". Retrieved 2017-04-07.
Preceded by
Pete T. Cenarrusa
Secretary of State of Idaho
January 6, 2003–January 5, 2015
Succeeded by
Lawerence Denney

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