Candidates' Debate: CANCELLED
Qualifications: US. citizen, at least 30 years of age, Idaho resident for at least two years.
Term of office: Four years
Salary: $105,560 in 2007, $108,727 in 2008, $111,989 in 2009, $115,348 in 2010
Duties: The governor appoints department heads and members of boards and commissions; issues executive orders which have the force and effect of law; drafts and recommends a budget to the state legislature. On extraordinary occasions the governor can convene special sessions of the legislature. The governor must give final approval, by signing bills passed by the legislature. The governor has the power to veto bills but must list his objections. The governor is commander-in-chief of the military forces, except when they are called into actual service of the United States. The governor is President of the Board of Examiners and Chairman of the Board of Land Commissioners.
Dan Adamson
Dan Adamson
C.L. 'Butch' Otter
C.L. 'Butch' Otter
  • Born August 3rd, 1951 in Twin Falls, Idaho
  • Married to Ruth
  • Father of three
  • Education
  • J.D. J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, 1979
  • B.M. Applied Music, University of Utah, 1974
  • Professional Experience
  • Owner: Northwest Bec-Corp, (NWBC), healthcare facilities, 1993-present
  • Co-founder, Northwest Pharmaceutical, Inc.
  • Principal, 1979-1994: Dan Adamson Attorney at Law; Dan Adamson and Associates; Adamson, Clark and Gill
  • Co-owner: Liberty Dairy, 1981-1986
  • Co-owner: D.W.J. Model Farms Inc., 1965-1986
  • Associations/Community Involvement
  • Licensed with U.S. Supreme Court Bar, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Bar and both the Utah and Idaho Federal District and State Bars
  • Member: American Healthcare Association
  • Born May 3, 1942 in Caldwell, Idaho
  • Father of four, grandfather of two
  • Education
  • B.A. in Political Science, College of Idaho (Albertson College), 1967
  • Professional Experience
  • U.S. Representative: Idaho's 1st Congressional District, 2000-present
  • Assistant Majority Whip
  • Four-term Lieutenant Governor, 1986-2000
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Kyn-Ten Oil Drilling Company
  • President of Simplot Livestock, Food Products Division Director and Member of the Board of Directors: J.R. Simplot Company, 1965-1993
  • President: Simplot International, 1978-1990
  • Two-term Idaho State Representative for Canyon County, 1972-1976
  • Military Experience
  • 116th Armored Cavalry, Idaho Army National Guard from 1968 to 1973
  • Attended Armored Intelligence and Reconnaissance School at Fort Knox, Kentucky,1968
  • Associations/Community Involvement
  • World Bank's Agricultural Advisory Committee
  • Center for International Private Enterprise
  • Pacific Northwest Waterways Association
  • National Rifle Association
  • Idaho Cowboys Association
  • American Legion
  • Idaho 4-H Million Dollar Club
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Safari Club International


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