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About Me

Public Service and Politics

  • State Representative, House Seat 24, Idaho Legislature, appointed, July, 2008 , by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter; elected in November, 2008 with 65 percent of the vote to represent Twin Falls and Owyhee Counties. Serving on Committees on Environment, Energy and Technology; Human Resources and Commerce; and Education.
    Stephen and Linda at Otter Inagural
    I've been pleased to serve three terms on the Idaho Capitol Commission, which is restoring our premier public building. The restoration opening, scheduled for early in 2010, will show off the beauty of our elegant, century-old Idaho State Capitol.
  • Executive Committee, Twin Falls County Republican Central Committee, 2007-present.

  • Precinct 24 Committeeman, Twin Falls County; won 82 percent of the vote, 2008 primary.

  • Idaho Republican Party, State Committeeman, Twin Falls County.

  • Idaho Delegate, 2008 Republican National Convention. Selected as one of 6 at-large delegates.

  • Campaign issues consultant for several successful Idaho legislative campaigns: Jim Patrick, 2006; Fred Wood, 2006; John "Bert" Stevenson, 2006; Terry Kramer, Twin Falls County, 2006; Cathy Roemer and Charles Howell, Jerome County, 2008; Sharon Block, 2008.

  • Conservative politics, values and editorial positions on state public policy issues.

Business and Professional

  • Retired media executive, now runs Stephen Hartgen & Associates, regional media relations, public policy, and business consulting firm.

  • Executive director, Business Plus, economic development, Magic Valley, 2006-2008.

  • Stephen talking with Maxine Bell
    I enjoy working with other state leaders to meet Idaho challenges. Here I am with Rep. Maxine Bell, co-chair of the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee.
  • Community relations consultant, China Mt. Wind Project, Twin Falls County, 2007-2009.

  • Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce, chair, economic issues forum, 2007-present.

  • Twin Falls Chamber, former board member, vice-president.

  • Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization, founding board member.

  • Regional Publisher/Editor, Twin Falls Times-News, 1982-2004; 225 employees, $17m operation.

  • Founded Magic Valley Ag Weekly, premier local agriculture magazine for farming and ranching; wide contacts in Southern Idaho agricultural, dairy and ranching communities.

  • Former board member, Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame.

  • Former vice-chairman, Idaho Assn of Commerce and Industry, 1996-2004.

  • Stephen and Linda at Republican National Convention
    Linda and I were privileged to attend the Republican National Convention in September, 2008 in Minneapolis, where I was one of 32 Idaho delegates.
  • President, Idaho Allied Dailies, state newspaper association, 1995-2005; lobbying experience.

  • Graduate of Amherst College, (BA) Brandeis University, (MA) University of Minnesota (Ph.D.) American History.

Civic, Community, Personal

  • Three-term member, and 2008 acting chair, Idaho Capitol Commission, restoring Idaho's capitol building, 1998-present.

  • Named annually one of Idaho's "100 Most Influential" civic leaders, 1998-2004.

  • Governor's Committee on Educational Funding, 2001; Idaho Supreme Court Media Committee, 1994-2004; Idaho Attorney General's Committee on Criminal Justice, 1990; Rotary; Kiwanis memberships; numerous civic involvements; member, Filer Baptist Church; avid fly fisherman.

Idaho resident since 1982; spouse, Linda, a Filer native, is the former Twin Falls County Clerk and is currently trial court administrator for the Idaho 5th judicial district; we have five children.