Peter Riggs

State Senator Legislative District 5

Biography & Background

I’m seeking re-election to continue serving the hardworking citizens of District 5 as a thoughtful, dedicated and conservative representative in the Idaho State Senate.

Instilled with life-long conservative Republican values, I will never stop working to ensure the strongest possible future for Idaho. I’ve been working with other Idahoans to build businesses and provide local jobs that have made our community stronger, and I will continue to work with elected officials and citizens to move toward a smaller less intrusive government.

As a conservative, I will defend and expand the freedoms we’ve fought for, like the miracle of life and our Second Amendment. I will also fight for new and better solutions for education, growth, property taxes, healthcare, and other critical issues facing Idaho. The future of Idaho depends on the choices we make today.

Top 3 Issues:

1. PROTECTING OUR RIGHTS and FREEDOMS: The freedoms of Idahoans are being gradually diminished in the name of ever-expanding “well-intentioned” government at every level – federal, state, county and city. I believe deeply we need a smaller and less intrusive government and greater personal responsibility. I firmly believe in the U.S Constitution, and its Bill of Rights, especially the First, Second, and Tenth Amendments protecting our right to free speech, our right to keep and bear arms, and ensuring that we can protect ourselves from Federal overreach. I pledge to protect these freedoms.
2. MANAGING GROWTH WISELY: Public policy makers should develop conscientious strategies to manage growth. My great-grandparents moved here in the early 1930’s. My grandparents grew up here, and when my father was born here, he was delivered by the same doctor who would deliver me 25 years later. For four generations my family has witnessed change in Kootenai County. So much of our history was built on industries such as timber and mining. Yet the Kootenai County of today is remarkably different. Kootenai County is one of the fastest growing counties in the fastest growing state in the country. We need to be deliberate in our plans to provide and maintain affordable homes and safe neighborhoods. We also need a new approach to rein in property tax increases that are putting longtime homeowners at risk of being unable to stay in their homes. Significant growth has been occurring in this area for well over 25 years, but our transportation system has not kept up. Roads and streets are too congested and simply adding more stop lights is not the solution. We need to plan ahead and act now, because change is inevitable…how we manage it is what will make the difference.
3. PROMOTING QUALITY EDUCATION: As stated in the Idaho Constitution, Article IX, Section 1: “LEGISLATURE TO ESTABLISH SYSTEM OF FREE SCHOOLS. The stability of a republican form of government depending mainly upon the intelligence of the people, it shall be the duty of the legislature of Idaho, to establish and maintain a general, uniform and thorough system of public, free common schools.” A priority for me will be to promote new approaches to create quality education and school choice opportunities, from traditional public schools to continued support for homeschooling, in order to give our children and communities the best future possible. I am honored to be a product of the education system in Idaho. The quality of the education we provide to our children directly correlates to the future we want to see in our state.

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