Joe Palmer (politician)

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Joe Palmer
Member of the Idaho House of Representatives
from District 20 Seat A
Assumed office
December 1, 2008
Preceded by Mark Snodgrass
Personal details
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Residence Meridian, Idaho
Alma mater Ricks College
Boise State University
Profession Business owner

Joe A. Palmer is a Republican Idaho State Representative since 2008 representing District 20 in the A seat.[1][2]

Early life and career[edit]

Palmer attended Ricks College and later completed his degree at Boise State University.[3]



Palmer was unopposed in the Republican Primary for District 20 A.[4]

Palmer was opposed by perennial candidate Daniel S. Weston of the Constitution Party in the general election, winning with 78.9% of the vote.[5]

Palmer endorsed Ted Cruz for Republican Party presidential primaries, 2016.[6]


Palmer ran unopposed in the Republican Primary[7] and in the general election.[8]


Palmer won the three-way May 15, 2012, Republican primary with 65.9% of the vote against Richard Dees and Chris MacCloud.[9]

Palmer defeated Caitlin Lister with 66.5% of the vote in the general election.[10]

Palmer endorsed Mitt Romney for Republican Party presidential primaries, 2012.[11]


Palmer won the Republican primary with 54% of the vote against Shaun Wardle.[12] Palmer was unopposed in the general election.[13]


When Republican Representative Mark A. Snodgrass left the seat open in his unsuccessful bid to unseat incumbent Republican Senator Shirley McKague, Palmer won the May 27, 2008 Republican primary by 46 votes, winning with 1,725 votes (50.7%) against Keith Bird.[14]

Palmer won the general election with 77.3% of the vote against soon to be perennial candidate Rex Kerr.[15]

Committee assignments[edit]

2017 Session

  • Transportation & Defense- Chair
  • Business
  • State Affairs


  1. ^ "House Membership: Joe Palmer". Boise, Idaho: Idaho Legislature. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Representative Joe A. Palmer's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rep. Joe Palmer – Idaho State Legislature". Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  4. ^ McGrane, Phil. "May 2016 Primary Election Results" (PDF). Boise, Idaho: Ada County Elections. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  5. ^ McGrane, Phil. "Nov 2016 General Election Results". Boise, Idaho: Ada County Elections. 
  6. ^ "Cruz for President Announces Expanded Idaho Leadership Team | Ted Cruz for Senate". Ted Cruz for Senate. Retrieved 2017-04-03. 
  7. ^ "Legislative Totals". Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  8. ^ "Legislative Totals". Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  9. ^ "2012 Primary Results legislative". Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  10. ^ "2012 General Results Legislative". Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  11. ^ "Feb. 8, 2012 - Mitt Romney Announces Support of Additional Idaho Elected Officials". Retrieved 2017-04-03. 
  12. ^ "2010 Primary Results legislative". Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  13. ^ "2010 General Results legislative". Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  14. ^ "2008 Primary Results legislative". Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  15. ^ "2008 General Results legislative". Retrieved 2017-05-03. 

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