For Immediate Release
March 13, 2020
Dr. Jud Miller Announces State Senate Bid
Retired physician seeks to represent Legislative District 35 in the Idaho State Senate
RIGBY, IDAHO – Today, Dr. Jud Miller of Rigby, Idaho, formally announced his candidacy to represent the people of Legislative District 35 in the Idaho State Senate. Legislative District 35 consists of Butte, Clark, Fremont, and Jefferson counties.
Dr. Miller is a fourth-generation Idahoan who comes from farming stock in Fremont County. He is a retired emergency room and family physician, with 31 years medical experience in eastern Idaho. He and his wife Catherine have five children and thirty grandchildren. Having studied and taught principles of good government and actively supported conservative candidates for many years, Dr. Miller has long had an interest in the principles of freedom and the proper role of government.
Dr. Miller is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-second amendment, and pro-liberty. He stands for local control of educational standards and for leveling the property tax playing field.
“Since my retirement, I have had the time to watch the proceedings of the lawmaking process in Boise and I have some concerns. Specifically, I have been following several bills with medical implications as relates to social policy. Because of that, I was recently invited to testify and submit a medical opinion to three different legislative committees in Boise,” said Dr. Miller, Republican candidate for Idaho State Senate, LD 35.
“In my assessment, Idaho is exhibiting at least three troubling symptoms in need of attention:
- Idaho’s state budget is growing faster than Idaho incomes are growing. Our legislators too often have the attitude that if something is a good idea, the government should do it for us.
- Idaho is becoming increasingly dependent on the federal government. Currently, about 35% of our state budget comes from the feds, and now, with Medicaid expansion looming, that proportion will expand (along with expanded taxes to pay for Idaho’s share).
- Governmental overreach seems to be increasing with each legislative session. Overwhelming and burdensome regulations on businesses and invasive licensing practices need to be corrected.
“For these reasons and more, I feel that I have a role to play in the Idaho Senate, where a truly conservative voice is needed. As your state senator, I will strive to address these concerns while promoting free-market reforms and preserving our precious freedoms.”