US Representative, 1st Congressional District
Candidates' Debate: Thursday May 18, 7:00 p.m. MT/PT
Qualifications: 25 years of age; U.S. citizen for at least seven years; Idaho resident
Term of office: Two years
Salary: Approximately $168,000 in 2007
Duties: Assess and collect taxes; regulate commerce, both interstate and foreign; pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; coin money; establish post offices; establish courts inferior to the Supreme Court; declare war; and raise and maintain an army and navy. To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.
Skip Brandt
Skip Brandt
Keith Johnson
Keith Johnson
Bill Sali
Bill Sali
    Vitals
  • Born May 26, 1964 in Grangeville, Idaho
  • Married to Pia
  • Father of one
  • Education
  • Attended classes at University of Idaho (no degree)
  • Professional Experience
  • Idaho State Senator: District 8, 2000-present
  • Owner: ACE Hardware, Stites, ID
  • Mayor: Kooskia, ID, 1998-2002
  • Kooskia City Council Member, 1991-1995
  • Associations / Community Involvement
  • National Rifle Association
  • American Bikers Aiming Towards Education
  • Kooskia and Stites Volunteer Fire Departments
  • Board of Directors, Clearwater Resource Coalition
  • Idaho County Sheriff's Posse
    Vitals
  • Born June 22, 1962 in Boise, Idaho
  • Married to Sue
  • Father of three
  • Education
  • J.D. University of Denver College of Law, 1993
  • B.B.A. Accounting, Boise State University, 1986
  • Professional Experience
  • Idaho State Controller 2002-present
  • Certified as C.P.A. in Idaho 2001
  • Appointed Idaho Chief Deputy State Controller in 1999-2002
  • Oklahoma State Comptroller under Gov. Frank Keating 1995-1999
  • Deputy Treasurer for Orange County, California, 1995
  • Internal Municipal Auditor, Aurora, CO 1990-1992
  • Attorney in Colorado 1993-current
  • Auditor: KPMG, international CPA firm in Midland, TX, 1986-1988
  • Internal Auditor: Adobe Resources Oil Co.,1988-1999
  • Accounting Manager, 1994
  • Associations / Community Involvement
  • Chairman, Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC) of Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF)
  • Member
  • American Institute of Public Accountants
  • Association of Governmental Accountants
  • Executive Committee of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers
    Vitals
  • Born February 17th, 1954 in Portsmouth, Ohio
  • Married to Terry Sue Petersen
  • Father of six, grandfather of three
  • Education
  • J.D. University of Idaho Law School, 1984
  • B.B.A. Business Economics, Boise State University, 1981
  • Professional Experience
  • Idaho State Representative 1990-present
  • Solo law practice 1984-present
  • Professional musician
  • Former farmer
  • Associations / Community Involvement
  • 'Faith and Freedom' award from Idaho Christian Coalition, 1999
  • 'Friend For Life' award from Idaho Chooses Life, 1998
  • Idaho Family Forum award, 'Legislative Champion of the Family,' 1992



Norm Semanko
Norm Semanko
Sheila Sorensen
Sheila Sorensen
Robert Vasquez
Robert Vasquez
    Vitals
  • Born Oct 24 1966 in Santa Clara, California
  • Married to Lana
  • Father of one
  • Education
  • J.D. Georgetown University Law School, 1993
  • B.S. University of Idaho, 1988
  • Professional Experience
  • Executive Director: Idaho Water Users Association, 2000-present
  • Field Representative: Sen. Larry Craig, Lewiston, ID 1992-1993
  • Legislative Assistant: Sen. Larry Craig while he was the 1st Congressional District Congressman 1988-1992
  • Precinct Chairman and Delegate: State Republican Convention 2002 and 1998
  • Worked on 1988 Presidential Campaign: Republican National Committee, 1988
  • Transition Team Member: Pres. George H.W. Bush; Nov. & Dec., 1988
  • Associations / Community Involvement
  • National Rifle Association
  • Food Producers of Idaho
  • President: National Water Resources Association, 2006
  • President Idaho Council on Industry and the Environment, 2006
  • Idaho Representative, Western States Water Council, 2006
    Vitals
  • Born in September 20, 1947 in Evanston, Illinois
  • Married to Dean Sorensen
  • Mother of five, grandmother of nine
  • Education
  • Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, University of Colorado- Denver 1970-1971
  • B.S. in Nursing, Loretta Heights College, 1969
  • Professional Experience
  • Idaho State Senator, 1992-2004
  • Idaho House of Representatives, 1987-1992
  • Nurse Practitioner 1970-1977
  • Associations / Community Involvement
  • Elected Official of the Year: National Association of Social Workers Idaho Chapter, 2005
  • National Legislator of the Year: American Legislative Exchange Council, 1998
  • National Legislator of the Year: American Medical Association
  • Republican Party Involvement
  • Co-Chairman, Presidential Visit, 1990
  • District Vice-Chairman, 1984-1987
  • Precinct Committeeman, 1982-1987
    Vitals
  • Born July 17th ,1949 in El Paso, Texas
  • Father of two
  • Education
  • B.A. Business Administration, Albertson College, 1991
  • Professional Experience
  • Canyon County Commissioner: District 1, 2002-present
  • Appointed as Mayor Dick Winder's Assistant, City of Caldwell, 1995-1998
  • CEO, Blackhorse Political Consulting/Campaign Management, 1992-1995
  • Health and Welfare Community Resources Development Specialist, 1991-1992
  • Idaho Department of Corrections Pre-Sentence Investigator, 1991-1992
  • Military Experience
  • Tour of duty, Vietnam, 1967-1968
  • Military Occupational Specialty: Senior Scout
  • Rank: Specialist 4, E/4
  • Served from Oct. 1966 until wounded in Oct. 1968; Earned two Purple Hearts
  • Associations / Community Involvement
  • Life Member: Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Disabled American Veterans:
  • Elected Idaho State Commander, 1994
  • 19th District National Executive Committee Member, 1993-1995
  • Appointed to National Finance Committee, 1993-1995
  • Member: Canyon County Planning and Zoning Commission, 1993-1995

 

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