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Responsible Leadership

Representing Madison & Bonneville Counties

After serving 2 years in the Idaho House of Representatives, I am running for Senate.

“I love the people of East Idaho and the surroundings we enjoy. This is a great place to live and raise a family,” said Ricks during his announcement speech. “Because of this and my desire to serve my community, I am formally announcing my candidacy for Idaho Senate District 34.”

Issues I’m Running On

I am focusing a large portion of my campaign on education. Visiting school districts across the country has allowed me to understand the core values of our teachers and the necessities that our youth need to make Idaho a competitor in education.

Improving
Education

Education is a priority if we are to keep our kids from leaving the area.

Economic Development

We need to think and do things differently if we are to attract quality employers.

Responsible Leadership

As your representative I will make my votes based on your needs, not someone in Boise.

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The latest news about the campaign and what is going on with Doug.

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Remembering my father, Mark Ricks, who was born July 4th, 1924 and died at 92. Mark was born as a 4th generation Idahoan and would have been 96 yesterday. He attended both Madison High School and Ricks College. He served a two-year mission for the LDS Church in Northern California after marrying his sweetheart, Evelyn Tonks, in 1944 in the Logan, UT Temple and the birth of their first son. He and my mother had 9 children and taught us all to work hard on the family potato farm.  He served as a stake president during the Teton Dam disaster in 1976 and was instrumental in the cleanup efforts, and later he was called as a regional representative of the Twelve. He was temple president of the Idaho Falls Temple (1999-2002), and he had many other callings and responsibilities in the church.  My father also served the State of Idaho in many different ways; along with serving as as a member of the Idaho Senate from 1979-1994, he also served as the 40th Lieutenant Governor under Governor Jim Risch from June 15, 2006 – January 1, 2007. (Now) US Senator Risch said it best to summarize my dads political career and character by saying:
 In the years we served together in the Idaho Senate, I came to know Mark as a man of great character and a loyal friend. When I became Governor I was required to appoint a Lieutenant Governor who would succeed me should I be unable to serve. I could think of no better person than Mark to fulfill that obligation. Mark was a gentleman and a statesman and his reputation for trustworthiness was legendary. He was more than a friend; he was a trusted confidant and advisor to me.  I will forever hold my fathers teachings, values, and beliefs dear, and I will enjoy being able to honor his legacy in the Idaho Senate.

Remembering my father, Mark Ricks, who was born July 4th, 1924 and died at 92. Mark was born as a 4th generation Idahoan and would have been 96 yesterday. He attended both Madison High School and Ricks College. He served a two-year mission for the LDS Church in Northern California after marrying his sweetheart, Evelyn Tonks, in 1944 in the Logan, UT Temple and the birth of their first son. He and my mother had 9 children and taught us all to work hard on the family potato farm.

He served as a stake president during the Teton Dam disaster in 1976 and was instrumental in the cleanup efforts, and later he was called as a regional representative of the Twelve. He was temple president of the Idaho Falls Temple (1999-2002), and he had many other callings and responsibilities in the church.

My father also served the State of Idaho in many different ways; along with serving as as a member of the Idaho Senate from 1979-1994, he also served as the 40th Lieutenant Governor under Governor Jim Risch from June 15, 2006 – January 1, 2007. (Now) US Senator Risch said it best to summarize my dad's political career and character by saying:
"In the years we served together in the Idaho Senate, I came to know Mark as a man of great character and a loyal friend. When I became Governor I was required to appoint a Lieutenant Governor who would succeed me should I be unable to serve. I could think of no better person than Mark to fulfill that obligation. Mark was a gentleman and a statesman and his reputation for trustworthiness was legendary. He was more than a friend; he was a trusted confidant and advisor to me."

I will forever hold my father's teachings, values, and beliefs dear, and I will enjoy being able to honor his legacy in the Idaho Senate.
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The Fourth of July is a wonderful time where citizens of the United States can honor our country, celebrate the birth of our nation, and appreciate the efforts our founding fathers put into creating our government. I hope everyone has a fun and safe day celebrating and hope you are all able to spend the day with your families.

I attended the flag raising ceremony before the parade started. I enjoyed listening to the MHS band, and we had the pleasure to listen to a speech by Bob Jones. Congratulations to Senator Brent Hill for being recognized as the Grand Marshall!

Happy 4th, everybody!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
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On July 3rd we are able to celebrate Idahos 130th birthday! Idaho was the 43rd state to be added to the Union. Idaho has a long and very interesting history. Here are some fun facts in lieu of the holiday!  -Contrary to what many people think, the Grand Canyon is not the deepest gorge in the US; Hells Canyon (located in Western Idaho) is actually deeper than the Grand Canyon at 7,993 ft (2,436m). 
-Idaho is the only state in the nation whos state seal was designed by a woman.
-Rigby, ID is known as the birthplace of television
-The state of Idaho is actually bigger than all of New England combined.
-Idaho has the 2nd lowest obesity rate in the country, second to Oregon. 
-Interestingly, Idaho has almost a perfect ratio of men and women.  For some humor, here are some of the weirdest laws in Idaho:  -It is actually against the law for a human being to live in a dog kennel.
-If you are looking to kiss your significant other in public you better set a timer! Public displays of affection have an 18 minute time limit in Idaho.
-In Pocatello, you can only ride a motorcycle if you are below 88 years old. 
-If you enjoy fishing, look out for this one-- it is illegal to fish off the back of a camel.
-And finally, since Idaho is home of the potato, its important to remember that you can actually get up to six months in prison if you sell an Idaho Deluxe Potato that has blemishes or is sun-damaged.

On July 3rd we are able to celebrate Idaho's 130th birthday! Idaho was the 43rd state to be added to the Union. Idaho has a long and very interesting history. Here are some fun facts in lieu of the holiday!

-Contrary to what many people think, the Grand Canyon is not the deepest gorge in the US; Hells Canyon (located in Western Idaho) is actually deeper than the Grand Canyon at 7,993 ft (2,436m).
-Idaho is the only state in the nation who's state seal was designed by a woman.
-Rigby, ID is known as the birthplace of television
-The state of Idaho is actually bigger than all of New England combined.
-Idaho has the 2nd lowest obesity rate in the country, second to Oregon.
-Interestingly, Idaho has almost a perfect ratio of men and women.

For some humor, here are some of the weirdest laws in Idaho:

-It is actually against the law for a human being to live in a dog kennel.
-If you are looking to kiss your significant other in public you better set a timer! Public displays of affection have an 18 minute time limit in Idaho.
-In Pocatello, you can only ride a motorcycle if you are below 88 years old.
-If you enjoy fishing, look out for this one-- it is illegal to fish off the back of a camel.
-And finally, since Idaho is home of the potato, it's important to remember that you can actually get up to six months in prison if you sell an Idaho Deluxe Potato that has blemishes or is sun-damaged.Happy Statehood Day, Idaho!
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