Brad Little is the Governor of Idaho, and most recently served as the 42nd lieutenant governor of Idaho. A member of the Republican Party, Little was appointed by Governor Butch Otter to succeed Jim Risch, who resigned after election to the United States Senate.
Prior to his appointment as lieutenant governor, Little served in the state senate from 2001 to 2009 where he chaired the majority caucus and represented Legislative Districts 8 and 11 (change due to redistricting in 2002). Little won the 2018 gubernatorial election, the seventh straight for the Republican party in Idaho.
Of Scottish descent, Little was born in Emmett, Idaho, was raised on his family’s ranch in Emmett, and graduated from Emmett High School in 1972. He attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, was a member of the Idaho Alpha chapter of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, and earned a bachelor’s degree in agri-business in 1976. Little married Teresa Soulen of Weiser in May 1978, and they have two sons and five grandchildren.
Little has had an extensive dual career tending to his family’s ranching interests (his grandfather was the “Idaho Sheep King”) and in public service. During the 1981 and 1985 legislative sessions, Little 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. Little also managed his family’s ranching operation, Little Land and Livestock, for almost thirty years until his son, David, became manager in 2009 when Little 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 twenty years (1981-2001). 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.