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Secretary of State

Lawrence Denney

Lawerence Denney (R) Midvale,  was born in 1948 at the Council Hospital in Adams County to James and Viola Denney. He was raised in Midvale on the family farm and attended Midvale schools. He was actively involved in F.F.A., basketball, football, and track during his high school years, graduating in 1966.

Lawerence went on to attend the University of Idaho, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics. He entered the Army after graduating from college in 1970, and headed straight to Vietnam following boot camp and specialist training. While in Vietnam, Lawerence received the Bronze Star.

Upon returning to Midvale, he worked for a time at the lumber mill, as well as a second job at the Sutton Ranches. He renewed his friendship with Donna Moyer, who was soon to become his wife and helpmate.

They purchased the family farm and milked cows for 14 years, culminating with up to 100 milking cows. They raised three daughters and one son while farming.

Lawerence served as an EMT and volunteer fireman for many years, and is also very involved with his church, serving on one board or another every year.

He was first elected to Idaho’s legislature in 1990 from District 13. He subsequently served as the Representative for District 9, a district that is about 130 miles long.

Lawerence has served as both Assistant Majority Leader and Majority Leader. He also served three terms as Speaker of the House, a leadership position conferred upon him by his peers, and sat on the Transportation, Resources & Conservation, Health and Welfare, State Affairs and Revenue & Taxation, and Ways and Means committees.

In 2014, Lawerence was elected to replace the departing Ben Ysursa as Idaho’s 25th Secretary of State. Now residing in Boise, he has transitioned into his new role at the Statehouse serving Idahoans, while spending his weekends, some of his most enjoyable time, with his wife Donna, his children, and eight grandchildren.

Source: Candidate's website