John Peavey

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John Peavey
Member of the Idaho Senate
from District 21
In office
December 1, 1992 – December 1, 1994
Succeeded by Clint Stennett
Member of the Idaho Senate
from District 22
In office
December 1, 1984 – December 1, 1992
Succeeded by Joyce McRoberts
Personal details
Born (1933-09-01) September 1, 1933 (age 83)
Twin Falls, Idaho, USA
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Democratic (after 1978)
Spouse(s) Diane Josephy Peavey
Parents Art Peavey and Mary Brooks
Education Northwestern University
Known for Idaho State Senator

John Peavey (born September 1, 1933) is a rancher and Democratic politician from Carey, Idaho. Peavey served in the Idaho Senate from 1969 to 1976 and from 1978 to 1994.

From a young age Peavey worked on the ranch founded by his grandfather, U.S. Senator John W. Thomas. In 1969 he succeeded his mother, Mary Brooks in the Idaho Senate as a Republican after she was appointed director of the United States Mint by President Richard M. Nixon.

In 1974, after repeated attempts to pass a Sunshine Law; a law requiring lobbyists to register and political campaign disclosure, in the legislature were unsuccessful, Peavey led a successful statewide campaign to pass one by ballot initiative. The passage of the act angered state GOP party officials who recruited a Rupert farmer to run against him in the 1976 Republican primary. When the opponent won, Peavey switched parties and ran as a Democrat in 1978 and won back his seat. In the early and mid-1990s he served as the Idaho Senate Minority Caucus Chairman. As a state senator, Peavey was noted for rarely appearing in public without wearing a cowboy hat.[1]

In 1994 Peavey was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor. He was defeated by the Republican incumbent Butch Otter, who was later elected governor in 2006.[2]