Brad Little (politician)

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Brad Little (born February 15, 1954) is currently the 42nd Lieutenant Governor of Idaho. A Republican, Little was appointed in January 2009 to the position by Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter to succeed Jim Risch, who resigned to become a United States Senator.

Prior to his appointment as Lieutenant Governor, Little served in the Idaho Senate where he was majority caucus chair and represented Idaho Legislative Districts 8 and 11 (change due to redistricting in 2002).

Little was born February 15, 1954, in Emmett, Idaho. Little’s grandfather, Andy Little, immigrated to Idaho from Scotland in 1894, and began to work as a sheepherder on a ranch near Emmett, where he would eventually manage his own ranch. Andy’s Highland Livestock and Land Company would eventually include lands ranging from Emmett to Cascade, Idaho, and his flock of more than 120,000 sheep would earn him the nickname of the “Idaho Sheep King.” Andy’s son, David Little, took over the ranching operation, and would also go on to become an Idaho Republican National Committeeman and Idaho State Senator, R-Emmett for more than 14 years.

Little was raised on his family’s ranch in Emmett and attended Emmett High School. Little graduated in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in agri-business from the University of Idaho, where he was a member of the Idaho Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Theta. Little married Weiser, Idaho native Teresa Soulen in May 1978. They have two sons and daughters-in-law: Adam, Angela, David, and Kelsey, and four grandsons and one granddaughter.

Little has spent his career working in his family’s ranching interests while also engaging in a political career. During the 1981 and 1985 legislative sessions, Brad represented his father David Little in the senate on a temporary appointment due to illness, during which time he served on the Finance and Resources Committees. Brad also managed his family’s ranching operation, Little Land and Livestock, for almost thirty years until his son, David, became manager in 2009 when Brad was appointed Lieutenant Governor. He continues to work as the head of Little Enterprises, Inc. (a diversified farming and cattle operation), and is currently a member of the board of directors of Performance Design Inc. – a small Boise-based manufacturing company.

Little has also been involved in a variety of private organizations and companies based in Idaho and the Mountain West. Little is a former chairman of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI), “The Voice of Business in Idaho,” and was a member of its board for 20 years (1981-2001), half of its nearly 40-year history. Little is also the former vice-chairman of the Idaho Community Foundation and the Emmett Public School Foundation, and the former director of the Idaho Wool Growers Association and the University of Idaho Foundation. He has also served in the past on the board of directors of Home Federal Bank, a small Idaho-based regional bank recently acquired by Bank of the Cascades, High Country News, and the Idaho Foundation for Excellence in Education.

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