Stephen J. Yates

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Stephen J. Yates
Stephen J. Yates, Idaho Republican Party Chairman, member of the 2016 GOP Platform Committee & former Deputy Assistant to Vice President for National Security Affairs at the U.S. State Department Foreign Press Center Briefing.jpg
Briefing the 2016 Republican Party Platform for State Department Foreign Press
Chair of the Idaho Republican Party
In office
August 2014 – July 2017
Preceded byBarry Peterson
Succeeded byJonathan Parker
Personal details
Born1968/1969 (age 50–51)[1]
Political partyRepublican
Alma mater

Stephen J. Yates was Deputy National Security Adviser to the Vice President to Dick Cheney from 2001 to 2005[2] and a past Idaho Republican Party Chair from 2014 to 2017.[3] He is the CEO of consulting firm DC International Advisory, in that role since 2006.

Personal, early life, and education[edit]

Yates attended Brigham Young University and served as a Mormon missionary in Taiwan from 1987 to 1989.

He then studied at University of Maryland, College Park (BA, Chinese Language & Literature), Johns Hopkins University and Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (MA, China Studies).[4][5]

Yates is married to Diana Kilbourn, which they have adopted two children.[6]


Yates worked for the National Security Agency under the United States Department of Defense; he served as a liaison officer to the Department of Commerce.[6]

Yates was Senior Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation from 1996 to 2001.[7]

Yates served as Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President to Dick Cheney from 2001 to 2005.[2]

From 2005 to 2006, Yates served has a lobbyist and vice president of the global affairs practice[8] for Barbour Griffith & Rogers, who's clients included; Taiwan, The Indonesian National Shipowners' Association, Moneygram International, Lebanon's National Dialogue Party, The Republic of India British Nuclear Fuels, Plc. (via a contract with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan).[9][10]

Yates is the Founder and CEO at DC International Advisory since 2006, a consulting firm advises on managing international political risk and business opportunity.[11][12]

Yates is Professor of the Practice with the International Business Program at Boise State University.[13]

Yates is currently a distinguished Fellow at the Hamilton Foundation.[14]

Political career[edit]

Yates advised the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign's Asia team.[citation needed]

He served in the 2008 Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign as a senior Asia adviser.[15]

Yates served in the 2012 Newt Gingrich presidential campaign as a part of the National Security Advisory team[16] and director.[17]

Idaho Republican Party chair[edit]

Yates was elected chairman of the Idaho Republican Party in August 2014[18][19] and was re elected in 2016;[20] he stepped down on April 24, 2017 to pursue the 2018 Idaho lieutenant gubernatorial primary election.[3]

Yates had David Johnston (2014–2017)[21][22] and Lyndel Strong (2017)[22] as executive directors.

Idaho Lieutenant Governor primary election, 2018[edit]

Yates sought and lost narrowly the 2018 Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Idaho to Janice McGeachin.[23][24]

Days before the election, a flyer attacking Yates was mailed to Idaho voters, claiming hidden foreign influence and conflating support from democratic Taiwan with that from communist China. The flyer mailing was sourced to a PAC funded by three political opponents from Yates' past.[25]

Election history[edit]

District 30 House Seat B - Part of Bonneville County
Year Candidate Votes Pct Candidate Votes Pct
2014 Primary[26] Stephen Yates 2,323 48.9% Jeff Thompson (incumbent) 2,431 51.1%
Idaho Lieutenant Governor Republican primary, 2018[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Janice McGeachin 51,079 28.9
Republican Steve Yates 48,221 27.3
Republican Marv Hagedorn 26,640 15.1
Republican Bob Nonini 26,517 15.0
Republican Kelley Packer 24,294 13.7


  1. ^ Guilhem, Matt (July 14, 2017). "Idaho's Former GOP Boss To Begin Lt. Governor Campaign". KBSX News. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "The 2016 GOP Platform". United States Department of State. July 20, 2016. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  3. ^ a b John Sowell, Idaho Statesman. “Idaho Republican Party Chairman Will Step down, May Run for Lieutenant Governor.” Idaho Statesman, The (Boise, ID), 2017.
  4. ^ "Meet Republican Steve Yates". Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  5. ^ ROCKY BARKER, “Rocky Barker: 377-6484: Idaho GOP Emerges from Turmoil - After a Fiasco of a State Convention and Infighting, a New Chairman Helped Build a Well-Oiled Machine.” Idaho Statesman, The (Boise, ID), 2014.
  6. ^ a b Bill Dentzer, Idaho Statesman. “Steve Yates' Curious Journey from Taiwan to Idaho Falls, via the White House.” Idaho Statesman, The (Boise, ID), 2016.
  7. ^ "Stephen Yates and Christian Whiton". HuffPost. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "APPOINTMENTS". October 3, 2005. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  9. ^ "Lobbying Spending Database Yates, Steve, 2006 | OpenSecrets". Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "Lobbying Spending Database Yates, Steve, 2005 | OpenSecrets". Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "Stephen J. Yates, Chief Executive Officer". DC International Advisory. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  12. ^ Bill Dentzer, Idaho Statesman. “Idaho GOP Chairman Yates: I Didn't Arrange Trump's Taiwan Call.” Idaho Statesman, The (Boise, ID), 2016.
  13. ^ "Professor of the Practice, Stephen Yates Will be Working with International Business Program Students". Boise State University. August 2, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  14. ^ "Stephen Yates". Boise State University. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  15. ^ "Rudy Giuliani: Press Release - Rudy Giuliani Unveils Foreign Policy Advisors". Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  16. ^ "Gingrich Announces National Security Advisory Team | Newt Gingrich 2012". February 7, 2012. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  17. ^ Whiton, Christian (September 30, 2013). Smart Power: Between Diplomacy and War. Potomac Books, Inc. ISBN 9781612346199.
  18. ^ SVEN BERG, “Sven Berg: 377-6275: Yates Settles into Role as Idaho Republican Party Chairman - The Former Dick Cheney Aide Has Political Experience, If Not Age, on His Side.” Idaho Statesman, The (Boise, ID), 2014.
  19. ^ "New GOP Chairman Hopeful Emerges, Fox News Regular and Former Cheney Aide." Idaho Statesman, The: Blogs (Boise, ID), 2014.
  20. ^ "Idaho GOP convention smoother this time around". Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  21. ^ "Former Idaho GOP director signs on as campaign manager for Ahlquist for governor campaign". Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  22. ^ a b John Sowell, Idaho Statesman. "Idaho Republican Party Chairman Will Step down, May Run for Lieutenant Governor." Idaho Statesman, The (Boise, ID), 2017.
  23. ^ Russell, Betsy Z. (July 18, 2017). "Yates launches lt. gov. campaign, joining crowded race". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  24. ^ a b Almukhtar, Sarah; Andrews, Wilson; Bloch, Matthew; Bowers, Jeremy; Giratikanon, Tom; Lee, Jasmine C.; Murray, Paul (May 17, 2018). "Idaho Primary Election Results". The New York Times. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  25. ^ Russell, Betsy Z. (May 10, 2018). "Smear flier targets GOP lieutenant governor hopeful Yates". Idaho Press-Tribune. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  26. ^ Ysursa, Ben. "May 20, 2014 General Election Results: Legislative Totals". Boise, Idaho: Secretary of State of Idaho. Archived from the original on November 8, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2018.

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