John Goedde

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John Goedde
Member of the Idaho Senate
from District 4
In office
December 1, 2002 – December 1, 2014
Preceded by Kathleen Sims
Succeeded by Mary Souza
Member of the Idaho Senate
from District 3
In office
December 1, 2000 – December 1, 2002
Preceded by Gordon Crow
Succeeded by Kent Bailey
Personal details
Born (1949-05-20) May 20, 1949 (age 67)
Chelan, Washington
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Terri
Profession President, Panhandle Insurance Agency, Inc.
Religion Catholic

John W. Goedde (born May 20, 1949) was born in Chelan, Washington. He has been a Republican member of the Idaho Senate since 2000 and represents District 4. He is married to Terri and is a father to two: Brian and Melissa (deceased) and one stepson.

Education and career[edit]

Goedde attended Washington State University and received his BA in 1972. From 1973 to 1979, he was manager of Hayden Lake Country Club. From 1979 to 1983, he was an agent at Panhandle Insurance and Realty. He has been President of Panhandle Insurance Agency since 1983.

In 1997, Goedde was School Board Trustee at Coeur d'Alene School District #271 for three years. He is Senator of Idaho State Senate, District 4, since 2000. In May, 2014 John Goedde was defeated in the Republican primary and will leave office in January, 2015.[1]

Education Committee[edit]

As the chair of the Education Committee of the Idaho Senate, Goedde introduced legislation in February 2013 that would require all Idaho high school students to read objectivist Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Students would also be required to pass an exam on the book in order to graduate.[2] When asked why he chose that particular book, Goedde explained, "[t]hat book made my son a Republican."[3] Goedde said that he didn't intend to schedule a hearing for the bill, which he referred to as a "shot across the bow" of the Idaho State Board of Education whose decisions he disagreed with.[2]


He is a member of:

  • Commerce and Human Resources
  • Chairman of Education
  • Commissioner of Education Commission of the States
  • Vice Chairman of National Conference of State Legislatures Education
  • Director of State Insurance Fund since 2001
  • State Board of Education Oversight Accountability
  • Co-Chairman of Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment
  • Director of State Insurance Fund since 2001
  • Co-Chairman of Inland Pacific Hub Committee
  • Idaho Digital Learning Academy Task Force since 2010.[1][4]


  • Ed Abbott Award Winner[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c "Senator John Goedde Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  2. ^ a b Haq, Husna (February 8, 2013). "Ayn Rand as a graduation requirement? An Idaho senator likes the idea". Christian Science Monitor. 
  3. ^ Russell, Betsy Z. (February 5, 2013). "Bill requires all Idaho kids to read 'Atlas Shrugged'". The Spokesman-Review. 
  4. ^ "John Goedde". Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  5. ^ John Goedde. "Home". John Goedde. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 

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