Get to know Ron Nate For Idaho

The Conservative Choice for District 34B

Ron Nate is a PH.D. Economist and Economics Professor at BYU-Idaho. For 20 years Ron has helped nearly 10,000 students understand the blessings of America’s free-market economic system. He married Maria Olsen of Idaho Falls and they have four children and are active community members. He was first elected to the Idaho Legislature in 2014 where he was instrumental in defending important rights for Idahoans. He successfully sponsored legislation to save children from abortion, protect the 2nd amendment and reduce taxes.

Ron has a long history of activity in the community and in the Republican Party.

In 2018, Ron Nate was named Idaho Republican Party state legislator of the year. He served as chairman of the Madison County Republican central committee from 2006 to 2010; chaired the Idaho Republican caucuses in 2012; and served as an adviser to the Brigham Young University–Idaho College Republicans.

From 2007 to 2013, he was a member of the Idaho Judicial Council. He was a Ted Cruz delegate at the 2016 Republican National Convention, in Cleveland Ohio; a John McCain delegate at the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota and an alternate delegate for George W. Bush at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City, New York.

Additionally, Ron is a co-founder of the Madison Liberty Institute in Rexburg; was chair of the Idaho State Republican Party’s rules committee; a state committeeman for the Madison County Republicans; member of the Idaho state Republican resolutions committee; served on the Madison school district’s plant and facilities citizens advisory committee and the Republican National Committee’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints outreach committee.

While in office, Ron Nate served on the Environment, Energy & Technology, Judiciary, Rules & Administration, and Revenue & Taxation committees.

Lifetime Idaho Freedom Index Rating: 97%
Lifetime American Conservative Union Rating: 96%
NRA Endorsed, NRA Rating: A


Relevant Experience Summary:

Three terms in the Idaho Legislature 2014-2018 and 2020-2022. 

  • Assigned the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee, House Revenue and Taxation Committee, Environment Energy and Technology Committee, Local Government, and Judiciary and Rules Committee.  

Other Service:

Idaho Judicial Council 2007-2013

Madison County Republican Youth Committee Chair 2004-2006

Madison County Republican Committee Chair 2006-2010

Idaho GOP Rules Committee Chair 2008-2012

Idaho Republican Presidential Caucus State Chair 2012

Delegate to Republican National Convention 2008, 2016

Senior Fellow at Madison Liberty Institute, 2018-2021

Idaho State Freedom Caucus Chairman, 2022-Present