Rod Furniss is running against incumbent Representative Karey Hanks in District 35.

FREMONT COUNTY—District 35 incumbent Representative Karey Hanks will be challenged by Rigby native Rod Furniss on the May 15 Primary Election. 

Furniss, who announced his campaign earlier this month, isn't a stranger to politics. 

"I’m currently the precinct committeeman in Jefferson County," he told the Standard Journal. "I was approached by the Republican Central Committee in Jefferson County to run. It’s a good time in my life to do that."

District 35 covers large areas of east Idaho, including Fremont, Jefferson, Butte and Clark Counties. Furniss says his experience in small business ownership relates to everyone living in those areas. 

"I've hired employees and understand the problems and benefits from running a business in Idaho," he said. Furniss also says on his campaign website that he graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho and Idaho State University with a business degree with an emphasis in finance. 

"I worked at a bank right after college and then entered the insurance and investment business," he says on his website. "I have served clients since 1986. I obtained advanced degrees in insurance, tax, and financial planning and have a large healthcare insurance business. I have served as the past president of the Idaho Insurance and Financial Advisors, past president of the Idaho Falls Society of Financial Service Professionals and the past president of the Idaho Falls Estate Planning Professionals."

In addition, Furniss has been the president of the District 251 Jefferson Education Foundation. He said he believes the biggest problems with schools in his district is that teachers leave to find better paying jobs elsewhere. 

"We’ve got to stop having our teachers leave the state of Idaho," he said. "We need those teachers here to help educate our youth."

Raised in Menan, Idaho, Furniss attended Rigby High School and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Argentina. He and his wife have five children and several grandchildren. 

"I look forward to sharing my conservative values as I serve the people of Idaho," he said.

For more information about Rod Furniss, visit