Senator Brent Hill joined the Idaho legislature in 2001. His colleagues voted him President Pro Tempore at the start of the 2011 session. It’s the job of the Pro-Tem to set the daily schedule of hearing bills on the Senate floor and assigning bills to committee. The Pro-Tem and the Speaker of the House are the two people who can single-handedly control the discussion and debate at the legislature.
Hill was born on April 23, 1949 in Rigby, Idaho. He graduated from Madison High School in 1967 and received his Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Utah State University. Hill is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner.
Hill recently retired from his Rexburg accounting practice. He says the key to economic growth in the state is maintaining a stable tax structure and providing a solid public education. “For the most part, our legislature is very committed to our public education system,” Hill says. “Our first priority is to restore some of the cuts that went to public education. Our education is an investment in the economic future as well as the future of our citizens.”
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Sen. Hill’s website lists some of his priorities which include education funding, maintaining a pro-business tax structure, protecting Idaho’s natural resources from “federal intrusion” and upholding family values, which for Hill includes rejecting abortion rights and gay marriage.
Hill and his wife Julie have four children, Justin, Ritchie, Michael and Kevin.