Idaho Democratic Party

Idaho Democratic Party

Idaho Democratic Party
Chairperson Larry Kenck
Senate leader Michelle Stennett
House leader John Rusche
Founded 1860s
Headquarters Boise, Idaho
Ideology American liberalism
National affiliation Democratic Party
Colors Blue
Seats in the Upper House
7 / 35
Seats in the Lower House
13 / 70
Politics of the United States
Political parties

The Idaho Democratic Party is the affiliate of the Democratic Party in the state of Idaho. Although the party has been in the minority for most of the state's history, it has produced several notable public figures, including the late U.S. Senator Frank Church and former governor and Secretary of the Interior Cecil Andrus.

Democratic strength in Idaho is concentrated in Blaine County and Pocatello, as well as parts of Boise and the Idaho Panhandle region. Trade union support has traditionally been a key component of Democratic success in Idaho.

Richard Stallings, a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Idaho, had served as the party's chair since 2005. Stallings was reelected in 2007, but resigned in December of that year. He was succeeded by Hailey attorney R. Keith Roark in January 2008.[1] Larry Kenck of Post Falls was elected party chair in February 2013, succeeding former U. S. House candidate Larry Grant.[2]

In 2008 the Idaho Democratic Party won its first Congressional race in 16 years when Walt Minnick defeated Republican incumbent Bill Sali in the state's First Congressional District. The party currently does not hold any major seats at the state or federal level, however Boise Mayor David H. Bieter ranks as one of the state's better known Democrats.[3]

Elected officials

Members of Congress

  • None

Statewide offices

  • None

State Legislature

2008 nominees for major offices

2010 nominees for major offices

2012 nominees for major offices

See also


  1. ^ Keith Roark elected as new IDP Chairman Accessed 6 January 2008
  2. ^ IDP Chair Larry Kenck in the News, Looking to 2014 (accessed 23 June 2013)
  3. ^ Dan Popkey: Otter disses Mayor Bieter - and his 198,638 constituents

External links

  • Idaho Democratic Party
  • Idaho Young Democrats