Looking southeast from Gary's Backyard and farm across Idaho Falls toward Taylor Mountain

About Gary

Gary is the Republican Candidate in the General Election on November 6, 2018, for the Idaho House of Representatives, District 30, Position A.



Gary’s Family

Gary and Ramona have seven children and 38 grandchildren—ALL are residents of Idaho.  Gary has a significant vested interest in making certain that future generations of Idahoans can enjoy all the benefits of liberty, freedom, and constitutional government.  His children and their spouses are involved and trained in medicine, dentistry, large general contracting, property assessment, residential construction, engineering, teaching, and marketing. The grandchildren range in age from 21 years to just a few weeks old.




Background and Experience

Gary’s professional career has been in education. He has taught at the junior high, high school, and college levels. Gary spent twelve years as a teacher and administrator in the public schools of the Idaho Falls area and was on the faculty of Ricks College/Brigham Young University-Idaho for 27 years teaching American Heritage and history. During part of his tenure at BYU-Idaho, he served as department and division chair and as the second dean of the College of Education. In that role, he helped to secure approval for BYU-Idaho as a teacher training institution in the state of Idaho. For the last several years, he has taught the instructional methods classes for all students wishing to become secondary teachers in history and the social sciences. Ramona also taught elementary school for many years and is deeply committed to good education.

Gary was raised on a farm and continued to farm with his father during his first years as a public school teacher. He still lives on a small farm (95 acres) that he operates himself or leases to neighboring farmers. He also built houses with his sons and operated an agricultural spraying business for several years (so that he could earn enough money to take care of his family and keep teaching). He worked for two years (full-time and then part-time while going back to graduate school) at the INL as a technical writer and as an operations and project manager at Test Area North. For several years, he served on the Bonneville County Library Board and is presently serving as a lay panelist for Idaho Board of Medicine’s pre-litigation process.



Graduate of Bonneville High School

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History, with a secondary education certification from Brigham Young University.

Several courses in Gifted Education and instructional methods.

Master of Education in Educational Administration from Brigham Young University.

Two years of graduate work at Idaho State University in the Doctor of Arts program in political science and economics.


His Commitment

I am deeply committed to conservative principles and values, and I will bring a broad, full-life’s experience to the legislative task.  I will do my very best to work hard, to understand the issues, to study proposals carefully, to assess the consequences of legislation, and to stay engaged and pull my weight in the legislative process.  I believe the people of Legislative District 30 need and deserve that kind of commitment from their representative.  I am committed to listening and bringing people together to work out solutions to difficult problems.