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Ron Nate

State Representative Legislative District 34 Seat B

Biography & Background

Ron Nate is a Ph.D. Economist and Economics Professor at BYU-Idaho. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ron graduated in Economics from the University of Utah and University of Connecticut. For 20 years, Ron has helped nearly 10,000 students understand the blessings of America’s free-market economic system. He married Maria Olsen of Idaho Falls; they have four children (ages 18, 20, 22, & 24) and are active community members. He was first elected to the Idaho Legislature in 2014, where he was instrumental in defending important rights for Idahoans. He successfully sponsored legislation to save children from abortion, protect the 2nd amendment, and reduce taxes.

Top 3 Issues:

1. Protecting all of our God-given rights including Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Our rights and our values are under attack like never before. Liberal, “woke” agendas are creeping into our schools, universities, and finances. Medical freedoms and privacy are taken from us in the name of security. I am the “watchman on the tower” protecting our families, community, and values.
2. Excellence in education. We have great teachers and great students in Idaho, but the system of public education often lets us down. We need to make sure we dedicate enough resources to attract and keep excellent teachers in Idaho. We also must explore opportunities to expand school choice so parents and students can pick the best education for their needs. Education choice has been proven to improve student outcomes and benefit teachers as well.
3. Put Idaho first. As a PhD economist, I have the expertise to understand the complex budgeting process in Idaho and the incentives we create or destroy as policies affect the Idaho families and businesses. The federal government is taking over more of Idaho’s budget process, and it accounts for nearly half of all government spending in Idaho. When Idaho is dependent on federal dollars, we lose the ability to make decisions for Idaho and we put ourselves at financial risk as the federal money is not guaranteed to continue, especially in these uncertain times. I am a guardian at the gate, protecting Idaho’s sovereignty from the federal buyout happening in other states. Idaho needs to stay free and independent.

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.”

Energy independence should not be pursued at all costs. Sometimes it’s better economically and diplomatically to trade for things (like energy) instead of trying to produce it all ourselves.

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