Lawerence’s oldest daughter, after serving as a page in 1985, told him that he should run for the Legislature. Many of the following evenings’ discussions centered around politics, and the seed was planted.
From Legislator to The Secretary of State’s Office…
Lawerence was first elected to Idaho’s legislature in 1990 from District 13 (a floterial district) which covered nine counties from Adams County to the Nevada border (Owyhee County). He subsequently served as the Representative for District 9 (counties of Payette, Washington, Adams and one precinct from Canyon County), a district that is about 130 miles long.
Lawerence has served as both Assistant Majority Leader and Majority Leader. He also served 3 terms as Speaker of the House, a leadership position conferred upon him by his peers, and sat on the Transportation, Resources & Conservation, Health and Welfare, State Affairs and Revenue & Taxation, and Ways and Means committees. During his first year as a legislator, he sat in on the JFAC committee meetings just to learn the budget side of the process, something he still recommends that all first-time legislators do today.
In 2014, Lawerence was elected to replace the departing Ben Ysursa as Idaho’s 25th Secretary of State. Now residing in Boise, Lawerence has transitioned into his new role at the Statehouse serving Idahoans, while spending his weekends, some of his most enjoyable time, with his wife Donna, his children, and eight grandchildren.
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