My name is Lawrence Wasden. I was born in Caldwell and lived my young life in Nampa. As a child, I lived for a few years in Lewiston on Airway Avenue in the Orchards. My family moved back to Nampa when I had a sister born with some health issues. We then moved to Twin Falls where my father owned two pharmacies. I worked there as a teenager and went to jr. high and graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1976. I then went to college in Utah and on a church mission. Upon returning, I finished my degree at BYU in political science with a minor in English and graduated in 1982. I was admitted to the University of Idaho law school in 1982 and graduated and passed the Idaho state bar examination in 1985. I maintained Idaho residency while at college and during my church mission.
My first professional job was at the Canyon County Prosecutor’s office, prosecuting misdemeanor and felony crimes. After a couple of years there, I went into private practice in Nampa as an associate in the law firm of Hamilton, Clark and Michaelson. While employed there, the Owyhee County Prosecutor resigned and no attorney in the county wished to hold the position. So, I was sworn in as the Owyhee County Prosecutor and handled all of the civil and criminal work for the county while I also maintained a private civil practice in Nampa.
While at Owyhee County, I prosecuted a case concerning the murder of a police informant. That case was set for trial after I left office, so I turned the case over to the Idaho Attorney General and was also hired by the Attorney General to litigate tax cases. Ultimately, I was selected as the Deputy Chief of Staff and then the Chief of Staff to Attorney General Al Lance. In 2002, I ran for and was elected Attorney General.
My wife and I have been married for nearly 42 years. We have four children who are grown, married and have children of their own. We have 13 grandchildren. We are active church members and serve in our community and in the Republican party.