Ronald M. Nate

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Ron Nate in August, 2017
Ronald M. Nate
Member of the Idaho House of Representatives
from District 34 Seat A
In office
December 1, 2014 – December 1, 2018
Preceded byDouglas A. Hancey
Succeeded byDoug Ricks
Personal details
BornSalt Lake City, Utah
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Maria Olsen
ResidenceRexburg, Idaho
Alma materUniversity of Utah (B.S.)
University of Connecticut (M.A.), (PhD)
Professioncollege professor, politician
WebsiteUniversity website

Ronald M. Nate was a Republican Idaho state representative, representing District 34 in the A seat, from 2014 to 2018. He is a currently an economics professor at Brigham Young University–Idaho.

Early life, education & academic career[edit]

Ronald M. Nate was born in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He earned B.S. in economics from the University of Utah and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Connecticut.[1] He has been a professor of economics at Brigham Young University-Idaho, since 2001; and is a member of the Foundation for Economic Education faculty network.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

In 2014, he ran against the incumbent Douglas A. Hancey in the Republican primary, winning with 55.3% of the vote.[2] He ran unopposed in the general election.[3]

In 2016, Nate won the Republican primary against Doug Ricks with 51.6% of the vote.[4] He ran unopposed in the general election.[5] He supported Ted Cruz in the Republican Party presidential primaries, 2016.[6] He had called on Donald Trump "to step aside from the nomination and allow the party to replace the top spot on the ticket" due to the Donald Trump and Billy Bush recording.[citation needed]

In 2018, Nate faced a rematch with Doug Ricks in the 2018 Idaho Republican Party primary.[7] He lost the May primary by 159 votes with 49% of the vote.[8] He had endorsed Russ Fulcher in the Idaho 1st Congressional district race.[9] He also endorsed Raúl Labrador for governor.[10]

In 2018, Nate was named Idaho Republican Party state legislator of the year.[11] Previously, he had served as chairman of the Madison County Republican central committee, from 2006 to 2010; chaired the Idaho Republican caucuses, 2012.;[12][13] and served as an adviser to the Brigham Young University–Idaho College Republicans. The group was officially dissolved by the university in 2009.[14]

From 2007 to 2013, he was a member of the Idaho Judicial Council.[15] He was a Ted Cruz delegate at the 2016 Republican National Convention, in Cleveland Ohio;[16] and a John McCain delegate at the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[17] He had also been an alternate delegate for George W. Bush at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City, New York.[18]

Additionally, he had been a co-founder of the Madison Liberty Institute in Rexburg;[19] chair of the Idaho state Republican Party's rules committee; a state committeeman for the Madison County Republicans; member of the Idaho state Republican resolutions committee; the Madison school district's plant and facilities citizens advisory committee; and the Republican National Committee's Church of Latter Day Saints outreach committee.[citation needed]

While in office, Nate had served on the Environment, Energy & Technology, Judiciary, Rules & Administration, and Revenue & Taxation committees.

Research & publications[edit]

Frontier, a BYU-Idaho Economics research project. May 2011 - 2013.

Presentation: “The Irrationality of Voting: Getting Stronger?,” Public Choice Society meetings, March 2001, San Antonio, TX.

Presentation: “Budget Maximization and Institutional Choice: Do Institutions Matter?,” presented at Public Choice Society meetings, March 2000, Charleston, SC.

“The Economics of Bureaucracy,” published in Institutions and Collective Choice in Developing Countries: Applications of the Theory of Public Choice, edited by Mwangi S. Kimenyi and John M. Mbaku, Ashgate Publishing 1999.

Dissertation: Public Choice Perspectives on Public Education: Implications of Jurisdiction Size and Institutions in Connecticut School Districts, University of Connecticut, May 1998, Principle Advisor: Professor Mwangi S. Kimenyi.

“Does ‘Welfare to Work’ Work?” published in The Connecticut Economy, Spring 1997, vol. 5 issue 2, p. 3.

Book Review with Mwangi S. Kimenyi: Welfare Realities: From Rhetoric to Reform (book by Mary Jo Bane and David Ellwood); published in Public Choice, September 1996, vol. 88, pp. 417-419.

“Suburbanization in Connecticut,” with Dennis R. Heffley, published in The Connecticut Economy, January 1996, vol. 4 issue 1, p. 6.[20]


  1. ^ "Rep. Ronald Nate – Idaho State Legislature". Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  2. ^ "Legislative Totals". Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  3. ^ "Legislative Totals". Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  4. ^ Denney, Lawerence. "May 17, 2016 Primary Election Results: Legislative Totals". Boise, Idaho: Secretary of State of Idaho. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  5. ^ Denney, Lawerence. "Nov 8, 2016 General Election Results: Legislative Totals". Boise, Idaho: Secretary of State of Idaho. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "Cruz for President Announces Expanded Idaho Leadership Team | Ted Cruz for Senate". Ted Cruz for Senate. Archived from the original on 2016-03-08. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  7. ^ "Candidate Treasurer List with Mailing Addresses for 2018" (PDF). February 14, 2018.
  8. ^ Denney, Lawerence. "May 15, 2018 Primary Election Results: Legislative Totals". Boise, Idaho: Secretary of State of Idaho.
  9. ^ Richert, K. (July 10, 2017). "FULCHER TOUTS FUNDRAISING, ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENTS" Idaho Education News. Accessed:
  10. ^ "Labrador Wins Variety of Endorsements".
  11. ^ "Idaho GOP announces Hall of Fame inductees - Idaho Republican Party". 2019-01-11. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  12. ^ "Politics 2012: Idaho moves into caucus phase". UPI. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  13. ^ IDGOPCaucus (2012-02-07), Idaho GOP Mock Caucus - Ron Nate Intro, retrieved 2018-02-15
  14. ^ "BYU-Idaho dissolves student political parties". 2009-05-20. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  15. ^ "Otter appoints Kathy Simpson to Idaho Judicial Council". Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  16. ^ "Idaho Delegation to the 2016 Republican National Convention". Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  17. ^ "Idaho Primary and Caucus Results - Election Guide 2008 - Results - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  18. ^ "The Election of 2004 – Republican National Convention". Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  19. ^ "Our Team – Madison Liberty". 2019-01-11. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  20. ^ "Ron M. Nate Faculty Information". Retrieved 2018-02-15.