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Thaddaeus Butterworth

State Senator Legislative District 21

Biography & Background

Thad Butterworth is a Christian, a husband, a father, and a small business owner. He has been married to Jill for 26 years and has three grown sons. Thad moved with his family to Idaho during his high school years and fell in love with the state. He has been a resident of Idaho for over 35 years.

Thad spent several years in the tech industry, gaining a reputation as a turn-around artist for software test teams. As he worked with these teams, he found common issues with business processes that created major roadblocks for the teams he was fixing. This prompted him to start his own company for business acquisitions in 2017. After a thorough search for his first acquisition, Thad purchased a construction related company in January of 2020.

As the COVID19 pandemic responses were made, Thad correctly predicted the coming supply line issues, labor market challenges, and rising prices of materials. As the predicted results became reality, he found himself in the same state of fighting for survival that many fellow small business owners were in. He began to focus his efforts on unique solutions to address all of these issues, while at the same time creating a highly functional team.

Thad was drawn into the political arena in 2009 when he found himself being sought out to provide solutions for some of the issues facing the state during the Obama years. After several years in behind-the-scenes roles, he helped to start the ConservativesOf: Meridian chapter. In 2021, this group nearly succeeded in replacing entrenched incumbents through strategic partnerships with multiple conservative groups. All this they accomplished with a very limited budget and a small number of volunteers.

The 2022 redistricting process left District 21 with no incumbent representatives. Thad did not see any constitutional conservative candidates running for one of the seats, so he filed to run for representative in Seat B. In the process of bringing up his campaign, the incumbent senator, a solid conservative, announced her retirement and intention to not seek re-election. After several conversations with Senator Bayer and other GOP influencers, Thad made the decision to switch his run over to the District 21 Senate seat.

Thad looks forward to bringing his unique blend of business experiences and team building to help move Idaho beyond the affects of the COVID19 lockdowns and into an era of economic innovation and growth.

Top 3 Issues:

1. COVID19 and Medical Choice Medical decisions should be between patients and their doctors. I’ll fight to remove the COVID19 restrictions and ensure that the people have the right to choose whether to take a vaccine or wear masks. I’ll also work to ensure that our personal liberties are protected, no matter what emergencies arise.
2. Reduce Taxes and Regulations We all know that taxes are over-complicated and expensive and that regulations stifle innovation and growth. I’ll fight to simplify both taxes and regulations. I believe Idaho’s economic challenges can best be solved by removing governmental roadblocks and empowering our people to come up with solutions.
3. Strengthen Idaho Families I believe that parents and families are the key to our children’s future. Parent’s should have the ability to choose the best options for their children’s education. I’ll fight for school choice and better educational options.

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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