City: Athol, Idaho
Education: Graduated from Palouse High School in Palouse, Wash., in 1964. Entered the Air Force and served four years during the Vietnam era, including service in Thailand, working in computer communications.
Political background: Incumbent state representative, elected in 2014. Seeking re-election to second two-year term.
Work experience: Owned Redman Resort, a marina and resort in Bayview, for four years. Owned a real estate development and construction company, E.M. Redman & Co., for 12 years, with offices in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. Worked as an insurance agent for Farm Bureau Insurance for five years, then opened Redman & Co. Insurance, operated it for 25 years, before retiring at the end of 2012 and selling the insurance business to his kids. Also serves on the boards for Christian charities Reach America and Highway Evangelism.
Family: Married. Has five grown children, 14 grandchildren
Though many still seem unaware of the upcoming May 17 election, politics are heating up in North Idaho, where there are hot local races and a plethora of contested legislative races. Campaign signs festoon the roadways, and there seem to be candidate forums and debates practically every other day. Today, in the first in my series on contested…
In one of Idaho’s most conservative legislative districts, the seat formerly held by tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart has been going through some political evolution.
North Idaho Rep. Eric Redman’s anti-Sharia law bill drew lots of negative comments at a public hearing last week; it’s now awaiting amendments and its fate is uncertain.
In testimony this morning on HB 568, the anti-Sharia and foreign law bill: A.J. Ellis of Marsing, who said he’s an evangelical Christian, said, “This bill is a terrible idea for a number of reasons.” He said he was born in Idaho, but has friends…
Rep. Eric Redman, R-Athol, is presenting his anti-Sharia law bill, HB 568, in the House State Affairs Committee in a full hearing today. “As all of you, I was elected to represent my citizens in my district,” he said. “We’re talking about foreign laws, but…
Rep. Eric Redman, R-Post Falls, introduced his very first bill on Wednesday: A measure seeking to ban recognition of foreign or Shariah law in Idaho courts. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 4-3, along party lines, to introduce the bill; Redman distributed stacks of handouts to the committee including copies of a photo of a severed hand and printouts from websites critical of Islam.