I am a conservative Republican, always have been.
My personal philosophy has been consistent throughout my career-- to ensure the lightest possible hand of government in the lives of citizens and businesses. I believe in empowering individuals to live their lives without undue regulatory interference, and firmly believe free enterprise, rather than government, creates economic opportunity.
I am a rancher and a businessman, and have weathered many economic storms. I know what it's like to compete globally as an American business. Idaho is a model for how a conservative and fiscally responsible government allows the free market to prosper. While government can provide good roads and a solid education for our young people, it is individual entrepreneurs and businesses-- unencumbered by red tape and high taxes-- that create jobs.
Idaho will lead America into the future. Recently, in Twin Falls, an individual entrepreneur constructed the largest yogurt plant in under a year, creating 600 jobs. That only happens in places where state and local government empowers opportunity.
I have seen firsthand what this country allows the motivated citizen to do. If one is willing to work hard, they can build a better life for their family. And nowhere is there a better example than the state of Idaho. I will fight to keep it that way.