Speaker of the House Scott Bedke is a pro-life, pro-gun, and limited government constitutional conservative who is committed to maintaining the Idaho Way in our state.
Bedke is a proud Idahoan. His Gem State heritage stretches back to the 1870s, when his great grandfather homesteaded in the Oakley Basin, beginning his family ranching tradition. Bedke was born in Twin Falls and graduated from Oakley High School. It was in Oakley where he started his career of service, working on his hometown’s City Council.
Bedke became a Representative of District 27 in 2000. He served on the Joint Finance & Appropriations Committee, the Revenue & Taxation Committee, the Resources & Conservation Committee, the Transportation & Defense Committee. He also chaired the Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment Committee and served on the Credit Rating Enhancement Committee. Now in his 11th term, he still proudly represents the citizens of Cassia and Minidoka Counties. His conservative peers elected him Speaker of the House in 2012, a position he has held longer than anyone else in Idaho history.
As Speaker, Bedke has been directly involved in setting the policies that make Idaho what it is today. He has worked with multiple Governors to cut taxes, eliminate red tape, invest in our roads and bridges, improve education, and set smart economic policy. He has negotiated and settled long-standing water disputes. He continues to fight against federal government interference and protect Idaho’s conservative values.
Bedke has also served as the president of Idaho Cattle Association and the director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, advocating for ranchers and the vitally important work they do.
Scott and his wife of 41 years, Sarah, still operate the family cattle ranch started by his great grandfather nearly 140 years ago. They have four children and 14 grandkids, which represent the fifth and sixth generations of Bedkes in Idaho. They are part of the reason why Bedke is running for Lt. Governor, to protect and defend Idaho’s future and to give back to the state that has given his family so very much.