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Kelly Anthon

State Senator Legislative District 27

Biography & Background

7th generation Idahoan raised in Declo, Idaho, where his family has operated a farming operation for over 100 years; attended the University of Idaho’s College of Law; licensed Idaho attorney; until 2012, Mr. Anthon, practiced law at the Rupert law firm of ‘Robinson, Anthon & Tribe’ where, as a partner, he focused on municipal law, debt restructuring, and large business reorganization; served as appointed City Attorney for the cities of Burley, Rupert, Acequia, and Minidoka, Idaho; City Administrator in Rupert, Idaho; fluent in Japanese having had extensive work as a consultant for Japanese companies; currently serves as a board member with the Mart Group, LLC, a potato fresh pack and processing company, as a board member of the Southern Idaho Economic Development Council, and as a board member of the Region IV Development Corporation; past executive board member of the Idaho Municipal Attorney Association; served two terms as President of the Minidoka Healthcare Foundation and as a past member of the governing board of the Intermountain Healthcare’s Cassia Regional Medical Center; member of local Rotary club; spouse: Joelle (Rogers); five children. Senator Anthon was chosen by Senate Republicans to serve as the Senate Majority Leader in 2020.

Top 3 Issues:

1. Protecting our God-given rights as enumerated in the United States Constitution. This includes fighting for our right to keep and bear arms and our rights to free speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, freedom to choose healthcare as we see fit, and our supreme parental rights. This also includes defending the preborn and our state sovereignty.
2. Maintaining a culture that builds families. Providing an excellent, traditional education system without social justice indoctrination; advocating border security to stop illegal drugs from entering Idaho; supporting law and order and standing with our state and local police officers.
3. Fiscal and regulatory conservatism and freedom. Balanced budgets, tax cuts, and responsible government spending of taxpayer dollars. Reduced and predictable regulation to allow families and businesses to thrive. Assuring that government regulation and tax schemes support rural areas and traditional agriculture. This includes policy to protect the natural resources, like water, that are critical for Idaho’s future.

Integrity in Affiliation

Submission: Yes

“I have read the Idaho Constitution and the Idaho Republican Party Platform. Except for the provisions specifically noted below, I support the Idaho Republican Party 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.”

I do not favor repeal of the 17th Amendment.

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