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Doug Ricks

State Senator Legislative District 34

Biography & Background

As a fifth generation Idahoan living in east Idaho, I am committed to representing the people in District 34. I grew up on a farm, owned a computer consulting company (13yrs), and retired as an assistive technology specialist from BYU-Idaho (21yrs). I enjoy family, fishing, hunting, Rzr riding and flipping houses. Melissa and I have been married for 38 years, have raised five children together and enjoy four grandchildren.

Committees: Vice Chairman – Judiciary & Rules, Agricultural Affairs, Local Government & Taxation, and also serve on the Idaho State Broadband Committee.

Service:
* 2020 – 2022: Idaho Senate – District 34
* 2018 – 2020: Idaho House of Representatives – District 34
* 2015 – 2018: Chairman, Madison County Republican Central Committee.
* 2012 – 2022: Precinct #11 Committeeman

I have been successful in getting a number of bills passed, including the landmark Wrongful Conviction Act.

Top 3 Issues:

1. Education – Always a top issue in Idaho. With the recent dyslexia law, I will follow up to ensure students have adequate assistive technology resources for those identified with dyslexia in K-12 schools.
2. Property Taxes – A proper balance needs to be found between residential, commercial and agriculture property taxes. As home values increase, so have the proportion of taxes. This issue is complicated and will continue to be worked on.
3. Economy – My focus is improving the economy in east Idaho. Currently I have been working with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) to get Main St roads patched up properly in Rexburg and computerize the traffic lights for improved flow. I also introduced legislation to allow cities to install broadband internet fiber cable which providers could tap into for increased speeds to homes and businesses. I will continue to support policies which help improve our local economy.

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