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Karey Hanks to seek seat in District 35B

"It sometimes takes a change to keep us centered on core values.”


Karey Hanks to seek seat in District 35B

Veteran Idaho Republican leader Karey Hanks has announced plans to seek a seat in the Idaho state legislature as a conservative candidate in District 35B.

As a region and a state, we need to refocus on core values: family, free enterprise, and an end to the mindset that we can spend away our problems with other peoples’ money,” Hanks said. She will challenge incumbent Paul Romrell, R-St. Anthony, who recently suggested he would side with three renegade GOP lawmakers in seeking Medicaid expansion.

I think it’s easy for people who spend too much time in office to lose focus on the thinking of ordinary citizens,” Hanks said. “That’s why it sometimes takes a change to keep us centered on core values.”

Hanks unveiled a five-point position paper outlining her approach to state government.

It includes:

  • A pledge to oppose all efforts to increase taxes on Idahoans.
  • Continued opposition to Obamacare and any expansion in Idaho.
  • Proposals to “sunset” regulatory agencies every four years so they would be compelled to make a clear case for their renewal.
  • Efforts to return federally controlled lands to Idaho’s citizens.
  • Clear opposition to abortion and protection of religious liberty.

Raised in Idaho Falls, Hanks is married to Burke Hanks. The couple has seven children and 11 grandchildren, and have operated a farm in the Egin area for 32 years. Her political experience began with the Fremont County Central Committee and the Republican Women’s group in a variety of roles.


463 North 1800 East

Saint Anthony, Idaho 83445

Contact: Karey Hanks

208-624-3912 or 208-313-3911