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Shawn Keough

A candidate for State Senator (GOP), Idaho Legislative District 1 in the 2012 Idaho Primary

Party: Republican

Age: 56

City: Sandpoint, Idaho

A 10th-term state senator, Keough this year took over the chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee, making her the co-chair of the Legislature's most powerful joint committee, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, which writes the state budget. She is the executive director of the Associated Logging Contractors.She also serves on the Senate Transportation Committee. Keough has long made her priorities in the Legislature education, transportation, and issues that help rural Idaho. She was first elected in 1996.


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Shawn Keough (R) 4,671 70.27%
Danielle Ahrens (R) 1,976 29.73%

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