Idaho Governor

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

Filing Window

Feb 28, 2022 - Mar 11, 2022


The Governor of the State of Idaho is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Idaho. The governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and faces no term limits. The governor is responsible for upholding the Idaho Constitution, executing state law and recommending a state budget to the legislature. They are also the commander of the Idaho militia at all times when the state's military forces have not already been called into service by the federal government. The governor may fill vacancies in any state executive office, including other constitutional offices, when the law does not otherwise provide the manner for filling a vacancy. If the Senate, whose confirmation is required, is in recess, the appointment stands until the Senate reconvenes.During special circumstances the governor can call for special sessions of the legislature. The governor has the power to veto bills, including appropriations, but must list his objections. The legislature can override a veto by a two-thirds vote of each chamber. In Idaho the governor also serves as the President of the Board of Examiners and Chairman of the Board of Land Commissioners and appoints department heads and members of boards and commissions. Other duties and privileges of the office include: Granting pardons and reprieves when the legislatively controlled Board of Pardons is not in session, not to be permanent until the Board sits again. Regarding convictions for treason, the governor may only stay the sentence pending legislative review. Requiring reports, made under oath, from state officials and managers of state institutions, on any aspects of their jobs, Making a 'State of the State' address to the General Assembly at the beginning of each session, including recommendation on prudent courses of action for the state and, somewhat unique among the constitutionally mandated aspect of such addresses, an estimate of the tax revenue the state will require for the coming year. Convening extraordinary sessions of the Senate to conduct specific Executive business. Authorizing and signing all commissions and grants made by the state of Idaho. The salary for this position is $119,000/year.

Application Guidelines
1) Contact the Idaho Secretary of State Elections Division in order to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for and to confirm that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the appropriate Candidate Filing Forms. 2) Complete the Candidate Filing Forms including campaign finance forms. If you plan to run as an independent candidate, you must collect a specified amount of signatures to be placed on the ballot. For U.S. representative 500 signatures must be collected, whereas State Senator or State Representative candidates must collect 50 signatures. If you plan to run as a party candidate, you may either pay a fee or collect the amount of stipulated signatures above in lieu of the filing fee. 3) Submit these documents during the filing window to the Idaho Secretary of State Elections Division in order to appear on the ballot. For partisan candidates, the next election will be the May primary (held on the 3rd Tuesday of May). For independent candidates the next election will be the November general. However, the filing window applies to all candidates and runs from the 12th Monday before the primary election until the 10th Friday before the primary election. In 2018, the filing window is from February 26th to March 9th and the primary will be held on May 15th. More information about this process can be found here: If you have any questions please contact the Idaho Secretary of State Elections Division, which also serves as the point of contact, by phone at (208) 334-2852.

Submit application to:
Idaho Secretary of State's Office, 700 W Jefferson, Boise, ID, 83702, US