Brad Little was appointed Idaho's 37th Lieutenant Governor on January 6, 2009, elected on an individual ticket in 2010, and reelected Lt. Governor in 2014.
Personal and Professional Life
A native of Emmett in Gem County, Little is a third-generation Idahoan. He has dedicated his life and career to continuing both his family’s ranching interests and its history of service to the people of Idaho.
Little married Weiser native Teresa Soulen in May 1978. They have two sons and daughters-in-law, Adam and Angela and David and Kelsey and two grandchilden.
A graduate of the University of Idaho, Little has strived to be a good steward of the land as well as a responsible citizen. He has succeeded in both areas by encouraging sustainable agriculture and by getting involved in public policy from a young age.
Little’s personal philosophy has been consistent throughout his career - to ensure the lightest possible hand of government in the lives of citizens and businesses.
A successful businessman himself as the head of Little Enterprises, Inc. (a diversified farming and cattle operation), Little is a former chairman of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI), the Idaho Wool Growers Association, and vice chairman of the Idaho Community Foundation. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Performance Design Incorporated, a small Boise-based manufacturing company.
Little was appointed to fill a Senate vacancy in May 2001, and was subsequently elected and reelected senator from District 11 four times.
In the Idaho Senate, Little rose quickly into leadership, being elected by his peers as Majority Caucus Chairman in 2003. He held this position until Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter appointed him to fill the vacancy left by then Lt. Governor Jim Risch’s election to the U.S. Senate in January of 2009. He was elected Lt. Governor on November 2, 2010.
Duties and Leadership Roles
The constitutional duties of the Lieutenant Governor are to preside over the Idaho State Senate when it is in session and to fill in for the governor when he is out of the state. Additionally, the Lieutenant Governor performs such duties as the governor may deem necessary for the good of the state, including serving as the Governor's chief appointment officer, vetting candidates for boards, commissions, and councils, and facilitating economic development.
His unofficial duty is to respond to constituents either through personal contact or by participating in meetings or activities pertaining to public issues. Need to contact Brad? Send a message to him here or request his attendance at an event or meeting here. The Lieutenant Governor values your comments, concerns, and opinions, and takes each inquiry into consideration.