Brad Little (politician)

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Brad Little
Lieutenant Governor Brad Little 2013.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
December 1, 2002 – January 5, 2009
Preceded by Patti Anne Lodge
Succeeded by Melinda Smyser
Member of the Idaho Senate
from the 8th district
In office
May 24, 2001 – December 1, 2002
Preceded by Judy Danielson
Succeeded by Skip Brandt
Personal details
Born (1954-02-15) February 15, 1954 (age 63)
Emmett, Idaho, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Teresa Soulen (1978–present)
Children 2
Education University of Idaho, Moscow (BS)
Website Government website
Campaign website

Brad Little (born February 15, 1954) is currently the 42nd Lieutenant Governor of Idaho. A Republican, Little was appointed in January 2009 to the position by Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter to succeed Jim Risch, who resigned to become a United States Senator.

Prior to his appointment as Lieutenant Governor, Little served in the Idaho Senate where he was majority caucus chair and represented Idaho Legislative Districts 8 and 11 (change due to redistricting in 2002).[1]

Personal life and career[edit]

Little was born February 15, 1954, in Emmett, Idaho. Little’s grandfather, Andy Little, immigrated to Idaho from Scotland in 1894, and began to work as a sheepherder on a ranch near Emmett, where he would eventually manage his own ranch. Andy’s Highland Livestock and Land Company would eventually include lands ranging from Emmett to Cascade, Idaho, and his flock of more than 120,000 sheep would earn him the nickname of the “Idaho Sheep King.”[2] Andy’s son, David Little, took over the ranching operation, and would also go on to become an Idaho Republican National Committeeman and Idaho State Senator, R-Emmett for more than 14 years.[3]

Little was raised on his family’s ranch in Emmett and attended Emmett High School. Little graduated in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in agri-business from the University of Idaho, where he was a member of the Idaho Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Theta. Little married Weiser, Idaho native Teresa Soulen in May 1978. They have two sons and daughters-in-law: Adam, Angela, David, and Kelsey, and four grandsons and one granddaughter.[4]

Little has spent his career working in his family’s ranching interests while also engaging in a political career. During the 1981 and 1985 legislative sessions, Brad represented his father David Little in the senate on a temporary appointment due to illness, during which time he served on the Finance and Resources Committees.[5] Brad also managed his family’s ranching operation, Little Land and Livestock, for almost thirty years until his son, David, became manager in 2009 when Brad was appointed Lieutenant Governor.[6] He continues to work as the head of Little Enterprises, Inc. (a diversified farming and cattle operation), and is currently a member of the board of directors of Performance Design Inc. – a small Boise-based manufacturing company.[7]

Little has also been involved in a variety of private organizations and companies based in Idaho and the Mountain West. Little is a former chairman of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI), “The Voice of Business in Idaho,” and was a member of its board for 20 years (1981-2001), half of its nearly 40-year history.[8] Little is also the former vice-chairman of the Idaho Community Foundation and the Emmett Public School Foundation, and the former director of the Idaho Wool Growers Association and the University of Idaho Foundation.[9][10][11] He has also served in the past on the board of directors of Home Federal Bank, a small Idaho-based regional bank recently acquired by Bank of the Cascades, High Country News, and the Idaho Foundation for Excellence in Education.[12][13]

State Senator (2001–09)[edit]

Little was appointed by Governor Dirk Kempthorne to fill a State Senate vacancy in May 2001, and represented what was at the time District 8, which covered a part of Little’s native Gem County surrounding and north of Emmett, and all of Boise, Valley, and Adams Counties, as well as the southern portion of Idaho County.[14][15]

Following a change in district boundaries due to redistricting in 2001–02, Brad Little was elected in the fall of 2002 to District 11, which then encompassed all of Gem County and the northern portion of Canyon County, including the communities of Middleton and Parma.[16][17]

Little was subsequently re-elected senator from District 11 four times.[18][19][20]

Little was also elected in 2003 by his Republican peers to the party leadership position of Majority Caucus Chair, which he held until 2009.[21]

Committee Assignments[edit]

  • Agricultural Affairs 2002
  • Resources and Environment 2002
  • State Affairs 2003-2009
  • Resources & Environment 2003-2009
  • Transportation 2003-2009
  • Economic Outlook
  • Revenue Assessment

State Senator from District 11: 2002 results[22][23]

Republican Party Votes Pct Republican Party Votes Pct
Brad Little 3,865 72.1 Mike Pullin 1,498 27.9
Republican Party Votes Pct Independent Votes Pct
Brad Little 8,478 76.2 John Steinebach 2,646 23.8

State Senator from District 11: 2004 results[24][25]

Republican Party Votes Pct Republican Party Votes Pct Republican Party Votes Pct
Brad Little 3,402 65.00 Steven Thayn 1,398 26.71 Walter Bayes 434 8.29
Republican Party Votes Pct
Brad Little 13,533 100.00

State Senate from District 11: 2006 results[26][27]

Republican Party Votes Pct Constitution Party Votes Pct
Brad Little 10,090 77.05 Jared Eastley 3,006 22.95

State Senate from District 11: 2008 results[28][29]

Republican Party Votes Pct Independent Votes Pct
Brad Little 14,870 77.5 Kirsten Faith Richardson 4,309 22.5

Lieutenant Governor of Idaho (2009–present)[edit]

Appointment, election and re-election[edit]

Lieutenant Governor Brad Little taking the oath of office at his inauguration in January, 2011.

In January 2009, Governor Otter appointed Brad Little to the office of Lieutenant Governor to fill the vacancy left by former Lt. Governor Jim Risch's election to the U.S. Senate in the 2008 election cycle. Little was sworn in by Otter on January 6, 2009, and confirmed by unanimous consent when the Idaho Senate convened on January 12, 2009.[30][31]

Little was subsequently elected Lieutenant Governor in 2010, defeating two opponents in the primary election, and two opponents from the Democratic and Constitution parties in the general election.[32][33] He was re-elected Lieutenant Governor in 2014.

Lieutenant Governor of Idaho: 2010 results[34]
Republican Party Votes Pct Republican Party Votes Pct Republican Party Votes Pct
Brad Little 95,758 67.6 Joshua Blessinger 26,808 18.9 Steven Dana Pankey 19,096 13.5

!|Republican Party !|Votes !|Pct ! !|Democratic Party !|Votes !|Pct ! !|Constitution Party !|Votes !|Pct !

Brad Little 299,979 67.8% Eldon Wallace 120,174 27.2% Paul Venable 22,007 5.0%
Lieutenant Governor of Idaho: 2014 results[35]
Republican Party Votes Pct Republican Party Votes Pct
Brad Little 96,780 66.8 Jim Chmelik 48,099 33.2

!|Republican Party !|Votes !|Pct ! !|Democratic Party !|Votes !|Pct ! !|Constitution Party !|Votes !|Pct !

Brad Little 271,268 62.8% Bert Marley 141,917 32.9% David Hartigan 18,705 4.3%

Economic development[edit]

Little has focused on economic development as lieutenant governor.[36]

Lt. Governor Little (center) touring a production facility operated by aerospace equipment manufacturer Unitech in Hayden, Idaho, on November 15, 2012.

Little helped persuade energy-bar-producer Clif Bar & Company in 2013 to build a new food manufacturing plant in the state.[37]

Little has praised the opening of Cayenne Technologies' new computer data center in Pocatello, the first commercial center of its kind in Idaho.[38] Little has praised the Idaho National Laboratory, a research facility in southeastern Idaho.[39]

Trade missions[edit]

Little has also taken part in and led several trade missions to out-of-state regions. Little led a Friendship Mission to Basque Country in Spain in 2010, during which he met President of the Basque Government Patxi López. During this meeting, Little and López agreed to establish a Basque Economic Development Office in Boise, Idaho, which "would provide resources and services for Idaho and Basque companies to ease collaboration on research, sales and collaborative programs."[40] Little later signed the Euskadi-Idaho Friendship Agreement, which affirms the friendship and cultural affinity between Basque Country and Idaho, which is the residence of a large Basque community.[41]

Little was also a member of a 2011 Idaho trade delegation which traveled to Mexico and Brazil.[42] Little commented after the trade mission that "we found tremendous interest and opportunities in both countries for Idaho products and services … This trip strengthened key trade relationships and established new customers for Idaho businesses." The Idaho Department of Commerce estimated that the mission resulted in sales of more than $30 million.[43]

Legislation[edit]

In the 2014 legislative session, Little sponsored Senate Bill 1354, an anti-"patent troll" bill. The bill protectes companies from abusive or "bad faith assertions of patent infringement" to collect an extortionate licensing fee.[44][45][46]

2018 Gubernatorial Election[edit]

In June 2016, Little announced his candidacy for the Idaho gubernatorial election in 2018.[47][48] He said that Idaho National Laboratory will be a priority if he becomes governor. [49]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Office of the Lieutenant Governor, http://lgo.idaho.gov/Biography.html
  2. ^ Shadduck, Louise (1990). Andy Little: Idaho Sheep King. Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers, Ltd. ISBN 0-87004-340-4. 
  3. ^ Spokane Daily Chronicle, March 8, 1978, https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1338&dat=19780308&id=a1ZOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=_fgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6850,2081613
  4. ^ Brad Little for Idaho, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-28. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  5. ^ The Spokesman-Review, February 6, 1986, https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1314&dat=19860206&id=KllWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Pu8DAAAAIBAJ&pg=7134,3595640
  6. ^ Brad Little for Idaho, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-28. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  7. ^ Brad Little for Idaho, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-28. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  8. ^ Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, http://www.iaci.org/Portals/0/Files/2009%20Conference%20Report%20Summary.pdf
  9. ^ Idaho Community Foundation, http://www.idcomfdn.org/historical-board
  10. ^ Emmett Public School Foundation, http://www.emmettschools.org/domain/74
  11. ^ Brad Little for Idaho, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-28. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  12. ^ Bloomberg News, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a_fuLqMmtXCg
  13. ^ High Country News, https://www.hcn.org/blogs/goat/former-hcn-board-member-named-idaho-lieutenant
  14. ^ 2002 Idaho State Senate Journal, http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/2002/02sjournal.pdf
  15. ^ Idaho Redistricting Commission, http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/redistricting/archive/maps/L1990_B_State.pdf
  16. ^ 2003 Idaho State Senate Journal, http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/2003/journals/sfinal.pdf
  17. ^ Idaho Redistricting Commission, http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/redistricting/archive/maps/L97_E_State.pdf
  18. ^ "2004 General Results legislative". www.sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  19. ^ "2006 General Results legislative". www.sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  20. ^ "2008 General Results legislative". www.sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  21. ^ Brad Little for Idaho, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-28. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  22. ^ "2002 Primary Results legislative". www.sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  23. ^ "2002 General Results legislative". www.sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  24. ^ "2004 Primary Results legislative". www.sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  25. ^ "2004 General Results legislative". www.sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  26. ^ "2006 Primary Results legislative". www.sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  27. ^ "2006 General Results legislative". www.sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  28. ^ "2008 Primary Results legislative". www.sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  29. ^ "2008 General Results legislative". www.sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  30. ^ KBOI 2, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-24. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  31. ^ 2009 Idaho State Senate Journal, http://legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/2009/journals/sfinal.pdf
  32. ^ Secretary of State's Office, http://www.sos.idaho.gov/elect/RESULTS/2010/Primary/tot_stwd.htm
  33. ^ Spokesman Review, http://www.spokesman.com/elections/2010/idaho-general-election/races/statewide/idaho/lieutenant-governor/
  34. ^ Election Division, Office of the Idaho Secretary of State, http://www.sos.idaho.gov/elect/RESULTS/2010/General/tot_stwd.htm
  35. ^ Election Division, Office of the Idaho Secretary of State, http://www.sos.idaho.gov/elect/RESULTS/2014/General/statewide_totals.html
  36. ^ Business Xpansion Journal, http://bxjmag.com/idaho-officials-move-at-the-speed-of-business/
  37. ^ The Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/05/02/3164594/candidates-for-lt-gov-differ-on.html
  38. ^ Blackfoot Journal, http://blackfootjournal.com/computer-data-center-planned-for-southeast-idaho
  39. ^ Idaho Department of Commerce, http://commerce.idaho.gov/press-releases/leadership-in-nuclear-energy-commission-2-0-to-hold-january-meeting-lt-governor-brad-little-appointed-as-ad-hoc-member
  40. ^ The Idaho Reporter, http://idahoreporter.com/little-comes-back-from-basque-visit-with-several-agreements/
  41. ^ Cenarrusa Foundation for Basque Culture, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2014-08-14. 
  42. ^ Oregon Public Broadcasting, http://www.opb.org/news/article/idaho_trade_mission_results_in_promising_leads/
  43. ^ Office of the Lieutenant Governor, http://lgo.idaho.gov/pdf/12-15-2011,%20Idaho%20ag%20leaders%20believe%20trade%20mission%20a%20success.pdf
  44. ^ Idaho State Senate, http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2014/S1354.pdf
  45. ^ Brad Little, Amy Lombardo, "'Patent Troll' bill will protect Idaho businesses," http://idahobusinessreview.com/2014/03/21/patent-troll-bill-will-protect-idaho-businesses/
  46. ^ Office of the Lieutenant Governor, http://lgo.idaho.gov/pdf/Lt%20%20Gov%20Little%20Press%20Release-%203-18-14.pdf
  47. ^ "Brad Little, Idaho's governor-in-waiting, commits to 2018 run". idahostatesman. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  48. ^ "Lt.Gov. Brad Little raises $340,000 for Idaho governor's race in 2018". idahostatesman. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  49. ^ "Little says INL would be priority". Post Register. 2017-04-22. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Risch
Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
2009–present
Incumbent