About James

James Petzke is your conservative Republican Representative for District 21, seat A. He was first elected in 2022 and serves on the Appropriations, Business, and Transportation committees.

In his first term in office, James carried a bill to make personal finance a requirement in high schools and was a strong advocate for Career Technical Education. He worked hard to keep our state budget balanced and conservative, and supported the massive property tax cuts that have been passed the last two years.

James has lived in Idaho since he was 2 years old. He was educated by Idaho’s public school system, and moved to Ada county after graduating from Wood River High School. His parents are passionate educators who spent their careers teaching in the Blaine County School District.

James is an entrepreneur and small business owner. He got his start in freelance web design and online marketing and spent two years working on the marketing team at Bodybuilding.com in Boise. He then went full time with his own companies, including Upland Optics, which sells high quality sporting optics directly to hunters online. He has started four companies, bought two others, and sold three of them.

While running his companies, James earned an A.A. and B.A. from Boise State University and a Master’s degree in Finance from Harvard’s Extension School. He was a member of the Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders program, completed BSU’s Venture College program, and earned national awards in Business Professionals of America.

Western independence is something you can only develop through experience. James was raised an outdoorsman and has a deep connection to Idaho’s public lands. He spends every fall hunting deer and elk. His summers are spent backpacking and hiking (including summiting all nine of Idaho’s twelve thousand foot peaks). James is a dedicated athlete and has competed in everything from ultra marathons to CrossFit to Olympic weightlifting.

James is excited and honored to have an opportunity to serve the people of Idaho, and is working hard for the residents of Meridian.

“Representative James Petzke is a champion of conservative values. He has passed historic tax cuts, slashed unnecessary spending, and always backs the blue! Let’s send Representative Petzke back to the Statehouse.” – Governor Brad Little

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