Dan Foreman

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Dan Foreman
Member of the Idaho Senate
from the 5th district
In office
December 1, 2016 – December 1, 2018
Preceded byDan Schmidt
Succeeded byDavid Nelson
Personal details
Born1953 (age 65–66)
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceViola, Idaho
Alma materBradley University

Daniel D. Foreman (born 1953) is a Republican member of the Idaho Senate. He represents the 5th district, which covers parts of Benewah and Latah counties.


Foreman graduated from Bradley University in 1975. He served in the United States Air Force for 30 years, and later as a police officer with the Moscow Police Department.[1][2]

Foreman was elected to the Senate in 2016, narrowly defeating incumbent Democratic Senator Dan Schmidt.[3][4][5]

Political positions[edit]

Foreman introduced several bills to the legislature during his first weeks in office, including one that would "classify abortion as first-degree murder — for the mother, as well as the doctor who performs the operation — except in cases where the mother’s life is endangered." He also introduced a bill that would reduce Idaho's sales tax from 6% to 5%, as well as two other tax bills.[6][7]

Foreman refers to himself as "a Christian, conservative Republican." He does not believe in the separation of church and state.[8]

Foreman denies climate change, referring to it as a "scam" and saying, "I know credible scientists in the former Soviet Union who have concluded the Earth is actually cooling."[9][10]


On February 20, 2018, State Senator Maryanne Jordan confirmed she had filed an ethics complaint against Foreman after an unverified Twitter account reportedly from Foreman indicated the students should discuss "killing babies" with her.[11]

Foreman reportedly had been scheduled to meet with college students from the University of Idaho who were advocating for birth control and sex education. In addition, After cancelling the meeting at the last minute, Foreman was recorded yelling at the students as he passed them in the hallway, telling them, "abortion is murder."[12]

Foreman has been a vocal critic of his own district, calling the area a "cesspool of liberalism."[13]

Foreman was decisively thrown out of office in November 2018. Foreman got just 42% of the vote, while his opponent, democrat David Nelson, was supported by nearly 60% of voters.

Personal life[edit]

Foreman and his wife, Maria, have 7 children and 20 grandchildren.[1][2]

Electoral history[edit]

Idaho Senate District 5 election, 2016[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Foreman 11,275 50.76
Democratic Dan Schmidt 10,939 49.24
Total votes 22,214 100.00


  1. ^ a b "Senator Dan Foreman (R)". Idaho Senate. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Dan Foreman's Biography". Project VoteSmart. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  3. ^ Prentice, George (November 9, 2016). "Election Results 2016: Net Losses for Democrats in Idaho Legislature". Boise Weekly. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Quinn, Shanon; Hager, Tom (November 9, 2016). "Jordan, Nilsson Troy re-elected, Schmidt defeated". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  5. ^ Russell, Betsy Z. (November 9, 2016). "Another upset in a legislative race, as Sen. Schmidt apparently narrowly loses to GOP challenger". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  6. ^ Spence, William L. (January 11, 2017). "Idaho lawmaker would charge women who have abortions with murder". Idaho Statesman. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  7. ^ Prentice, George (January 13, 2017). "More Idaho GOP Fireworks: Senate Mulling Challenged Election and Freshman Senator Wants to Make Abortion First-Degree Murder". Boise Weekly. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  8. ^ Malloy, Chuck (March 15, 2017). "He might as well start constituent letters with, 'Dear Stupid'". The Idaho Press-Tribune. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  9. ^ Russell, Betsy Z. (February 12, 2017). "Idaho Sen. Foreman says he thinks climate change is a liberal 'scam'". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  10. ^ Spence, William L. (February 11, 2017). "Climate change is liberal 'scam,' according to GOP lawmaker". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  11. ^ https://www.cbsnews.com/news/gop-state-senator-in-idaho-faces-ethics-complaint-over-tweet-on-abortion/
  12. ^ https://apnews.com/2eb3238f825d4bf5ab51b9eef3426694/Complaint-filed-against-Idaho-senator-who-yelled-at-students
  13. ^ http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/2018/apr/25/sen-foreman-calls-his-own-county-cesspool-liberalism
  14. ^ "ID State Senate 05 2016". Our Campaigns. Retrieved August 1, 2017.