Jean 'Jeanie' Hakes

State Senator Legislative District 27

Biography & Background

I love Idaho and the freedom we are so blessed with in this beautiful state! I began life on a 40-acre farm in Meridian where with my 5 brothers I fed calves and weeded the onion field. Then at the age of 10 my father moved us around the world to the country of Malaysia where he helped design an irrigation system which would help supply the country with fresh water. Because Malaysia is a Muslim country, we secretly gathered with a handful of other Christians to worship God trying to not draw attention to ourselves. When that project was finished, we moved to Nicaragua where he would again assist in bringing fresh water to the people there. The day after we arrived in Nicaragua the country erupted into civil war. We experienced the deprivations of war; a scarcity of food, clothing, and safety. After our home was invaded by armed men, the school bus boarded by Sandinistas, and fear of being shot at sundown we left Nicaragua and moved to Denver, Colorado. Here I experienced another form of depravity; the deprivation of civility and personal freedom.

All of these experiences taught me to understand and appreciate what FREEDOM means! In Idaho we are free to worship the Almighty God! We are free to start up a business, come and go as we please, and say what we think. We own guns and have an abundance of food. What a wonderful place to live! With that said, I also see the warning signs of threats to these freedoms. During covid businesses were closed, some permanently. Schools were closed, and there were shortages and fear. This year the size of our state government grew which means more regulations and less freedom. Those who can see the danger must stand up and protect our way of life. This is why I am running for Idaho State Senate.

After graduating from Brigham Young University with a teaching degree I homeschooled my 6 children. For years I led the homeschool group organizing meetings and activities for homeschool families in 2 counties. My husband Dennis and I own a family business where we design, patent, and sell products used on dairy farms around the world. I also own a property management company. I now have 4 adorable grandchildren who are continually on my mind as they, and all children, must be given the same opportunities the rest of us have enjoyed.

Blessings to you all. Together we can make a difference!

Top 3 Issues:

1. Grocery Tax Repeal and Spending! With the state budget increase of 21% all budgets and spending needs to be re-examined! Idahoans are paying too much of their hard-earned money to the government. Repealing the grocery tax would give Idahoans an instant tax relief. Instead, they offer us a credit. This credit requires paperwork and processing which then consumes nearly half of the “revenue” collected from the people. Year after year Idahoans ask their legislators to repeal the grocery tax and year after year they are denied.
2. State Sovereignty: When our state leaders continue to take handouts from the federal government in the form of large sums of money our sovereignty is in jeopardy! At some point that debt will come due and it will fall upon the shoulders of every Idahoan to pay it. This burden will be passed down to our children and grandchildren and it is completely unnecessary! Idahoans are paying taxes in excess of what is needed to fund the state. Excess taxes always encourage a growth in the size of government. When government grows, the voice of the people diminishes.
3. Election Integrity: Voter fraud is yet another threat to our state sovereignty. The 2020 election was a loud warning that every effort must be made to protect our state’s election integrity. This year, during the legislative session, several bills passed through the House addressing election integrity. These bills addressed ballot drop boxes, establishing safety regulations regarding the handling of ballots, and enforcing the requirement to show photo ID in order to vote. However, when these bills were assigned to the Senate State Affairs committee they were “drawered”. In an election year when these issues are most urgent, the Senate hid these bills away proving to the constituents of our state election integrity is under attack. We need Senators who will DO THE RIGHT THING!

Integrity in Affiliation

Submission: Yes

“I have read the Idaho Constitution and the Idaho Republican Party Platform. I support the Idaho Republican Platform and accept it as the standard by which my performance as a candidate and as an officeholder should be evaluated. I certify that I am not a candidate, officer, delegate or position holder in any party other than the Republican Party.”

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