M 2012 Idaho General Election

State Senator, Idaho Legislative District 2

About this race

State Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, is seeking a second term, after knocking off three-term Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake, two years ago. Vick is a close ally of controversial Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, but Hart’s not running this time; he lost in the primary. Vick turned back a comeback attempt from Jorgenson in the May primary and now faces Democratic challenger Shirley McFaddan in the November election.

Idaho legislators are paid $16,116 per year.

Last updated: Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Steve Vick (R) 14,859 68.98%
Shirley McFaddan (D) 6,683 31.02%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

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Senator backs paying foster parents more

BOISE – Conservative North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick has only been on the Legislature’s joint committee for a week, but on Monday he said he saw a budget request that he views as more justified than others: a slight increase to Idaho’s low-ranking foster care reimbursements. Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, said he once looked into becoming a foster parent himself. Read more

Idaho looks at boosting low pay for foster care

Conservative North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick has only been on the Legislature’s joint committee for a week, but on Monday, he said he saw a budget request that he views as more justified than others: Slightly raising Idaho’s low-ranking foster care reimbursements. Read more

North Idaho gains clout on budget committee

BOISE – Lawmakers from Lewiston and points north will take up eight of the 20 seats on the Idaho Legislature’s powerful joint budget committee when the 2013 session convenes in January, doubling the representation for the region on the budget-writing panel. “Five of us are in the northern Panhandle, so to the degree there might be northern issues that we all would agree on, we certainly would have the opportunity for some leverage there,” said state Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, a ninth-term senator who will again serve as the Senate vice chair of the joint committee. Read more

Balance, compromise are topics in Idaho’s District 2

The ballot looks very different in North Idaho’s most Republican legislative district this fall, now that tax-protesting four-term state Rep. Phil Hart is out and an array of new candidates are jostling for attention. Democrats are challenging Republicans for all three of District 2’s seats this fall – the first time a Democrat has appeared on the ballot there since 2002. The last time one won was in 1994. Read more

Democrats For District 2

I spotted this on Cheryl Stransky’s Facebook page — the three Democrats running for Legislative District 2 position, from left, Dan English, Cheryl and Shirley McFadden. English will face Republican Ed Morse in the race for defeated Rep. Phil Hart’s House seat. Stransky is running… Read more

Idaho Senate hopeful touts ethics pledge

Politics are heating up in North Idaho. Former state Sen. Mike Jorgenson, who’s running for the Senate seat he lost two years ago to an ally of tax-protesting Rep. Phil Hart, is asking GOP candidates in Legislative District 2 to join him in signing a pledge that they will “obey the law, honor Idaho courts and pay my taxes.” Jorgenson calls it the “Republican Principle Pledge” and openly acknowledges it’s designed to rally Republican voters embarrassed by Hart’s continuing legal battles over unpaid state and federal taxes. Read more

3 OK w/GOP Pledge, Sen. Vick Not

Former Idaho Sen. Mike Jorgenson, pictured, who’s running again for the Senate seat he lost two years ago to an ally of tax-protesting Rep. Phil Hart, has signed and sent to all District 2 GOP candidates a “Republican Principle Pledge” pledging to “obey the law,… Read more

Idaho candidate pushes tax-paying pledge

Former Idaho Sen. Mike Jorgenson, who’s running again for the Senate seat he lost two years ago to an ally of tax-protesting Rep. Phil Hart, has signed and sent to all District 2 GOP candidates a “Republican Principle Pledge” pledging to “obey the law, honor Idaho courts and pay my taxes.” Read more

Jorgenson Signs GOP Principle Pledge

Republican Mike Jorgenson, pictured, today signed the “Republican Principle Pledge,” an integrity pledge to the people of Legislative District 2. He has called upon his fellow candidates to join as co-sponsors. The petition calls for a return to the basic Republican values Idahoans had previously… Read more

Vick: Why I Back 2/3s Vote Rule

In an op-ed article, Idaho Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, defends his unsuccessful legislation that would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to raises taxes & fees: “When considering taxes and our liberty, I think of a quote from Daniel Webster, during the famous… Read more

Vick Wants To Bring Back 2/3s Tax Bill

Here’s a link to Betsy Russell’s full story at spokesman.com on the failure today of freshman North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick’s proposed constitutional amendment to require two-thirds votes not only for any tax increase, but also for any fee hike or the removal or reduction… Read more

Tax hike/cut proposal falls short

BOISE – Freshman North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick’s proposed constitutional amendment to require two-thirds votes not only for any tax increase but also for any fee hike or the reduction of any tax break was killed in the Idaho House on Thursday. The measure, HJR 1, actually got a bare majority – 37-33 – but not the required two-thirds, or 47 votes, in favor. Read more

A Prolife Woman & The Ultrasound Bill

HucksOnline has received the following op-ed column from Linda Cook of Rathdrum: “I attended a Town Hall meeting in Hayden on March 17th and listened to Phil Hart, Steve Vick and Vito Barbieri address the crowd and take questions. One man inquired about the legislation… Read more

Vick’s 2/3s Vote Tax Bill Stalls

After much discussion and debate, the House State Affairs Committee has voted to hold off on passing HJR 1, Sen. Steve Vick’s measure to amend the Idaho Constitution to require a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate for any tax or fee increase; committee… Read more

Vick To Seek Re-election From SD2

State Senator Steve Vick, a Dalton Gardens resident and Home Renovation Contractor, will seek re-election to the Idaho State Senate in the new District 2. “It has been a great privilege to serve my friends and neighbors in North Idaho” said Vick. “I want to… Read more

Treasurer Crane Backs Santorum

At Tuesday night’s rally in Boise, Crane introduced Santorum and sat behind the presidential candidate on stage at Capital High School. Crane is the first statewide official to endorse anyone other than Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination. Former state Sen. Ric Branch, R-Midvale, warmed… Read more

Vick Seeks To Hamstring Tax Hikes

North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick wants Idaho to enact a constitutional amendment to require two-thirds votes in both the House and Senate to pass any tax or fee increase. Vick noted that 16 states have such requirements; all were enacted by voters through initiatives or… Read more

9 Senators Wanted McGee To Quit

Nine Idaho senators, including Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder, R-Boise, said they were outvoted on last week’s vote on retaining Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, (pictured) in his No. 4 position in the Senate Republican caucus. The nine, in a statement issued Friday, said they want… Read more