Senator Lee Heider was first elected to the Idaho State Senate in 2010 and currently represents the state’s 24th District. As a member of the Senate Resources and Environment Committee, Senator Heider understands the issues that directly affect the state’s sportsmen and women and is uniquely positioned to advocate on behalf of those issues. In 2011, he made a commitment to promoting pro-sportsmen legislation in the legislature and joined the Idaho Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus.
Born and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho, Senator Heider had previously served as a member of the Twin Falls City Council and as Vice Mayor of Twin Falls. He is deeply rooted in Idaho’s rich sporting heritage, and enjoys spending his spare time passing his passion for hunting and angling onto his grandchildren.
In 2012, Senator Heider introduced HJR 2, a bill that allowed Idahoans to vote on whether the right to hunt, fish, and trap should be amended to the state’s constitution. The ballot initiative was overwhelmingly approved that same year by 73% of resident voters, and the right to hunt, fish, and trap was added to the Idaho State Constitution. In recent years, the actions of radical anti-hunting organizations have led the public to believe that hunting, fishing and trapping are only a special privilege and not an inherent right. Senator Heider’s involvement in this issue ensures that the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife will be afforded to future generations of Idahoans.
Idaho’s 534,000 hunters and anglers rely on advocates in the state legislature like Senator Heider to continue promoting pro-sportsmen’s policies. Annually, hunters and anglers in the Gem State contribute more than $1.02 billion annually to the state economy and support more than 15,000 resident jobs.
Your opinion counts
Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?Vote Here
- Increase the number of states with discounted license tailored to specific groups. (5.16%)
- Increase access to public lands. (24.79%)
- Provide more information for new participants. (4.06%)
- Provide hands on opportunities to improve skills and knowledge. (13.20%)
- Engage youth through hunter and conservation programs in schools. (42.98%)
- I feel we have enough sportsmen and women and do not believe R3 programs are necessary. (9.81%)