Rep. Richard W. Cheatum
Born in western Kansas, raised on a farm, and moved to Idaho in 1977; B.S. in broadcast journalism from the University of Kansas; employed in radio, automobile sales, and credit unions; retired in 2017 and decided to serve the community by seeking elective office; elected to the Pocatello City Council in 2017, re-elected in 2021, and served as Council President in 2022 and 2023; council liaison assignments included the Pocatello Airport Commission, Bannock Transportation Planning Organization, Pocatello Development Authority, Historic Downtown Pocatello, Senior Activity Center, and Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency; serves as a regional director of the Association of Idaho Cities; Bannock County GOP precinct committeeman and past treasurer for the Bannock County GOP; member and past president of Portneuf Valley Partners; member and past president of the Chamber Chiefs; former Idaho Central Credit Union board member and board chair; Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year; Idaho State University College of Education Volunteer of the Year; twice received the Award of Merit from the Region 5 supervisor for Idaho Fish and Game and served as member and chair of the Region 5 Idaho Fish and Game Wildlife Feeding Committee; NRA life member and an avid hunter, shooter, and reloader; married to Debra for 32 years; a daughter, Nicole, and step-son, Tony.