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BLACKFOOT â€” Robert B. Butler is a candidate for District 31 Representative Position A at the Idaho State Legislature.
He is a practicing civil engineer licensed in four states and is president of Butler Engineering and Land Surveying in Shelley. He has operated this business for 20 years, helping to build up and establish the permanence of the communities the company serves.
Prior to starting the consulting engineering business, his career included working for EG&G at the INEL for three years and serving as the Bingham County Engineer for 11 years. He began his career as a civil engineer at David E. Benton Consulting Engineers in Idaho Falls.
After graduating from Shelley High School, he attended Ricks College in Rexburg. After serving a mission for the LDS Church, Butler completed his education in Civil Engineering at Brigham Young University. While at BYU he enrolled in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army and was stationed at Ft. Knox, Kent.; Ft. Lewis, Wash.; and Ft. Belvoir, Va. After discharge from active duty, he returned to Idaho where he obtained his first civil engineering position. He also joined the Idaho Army National Guard and served in C Company of the 116th Engineers Battalion for six years as a platoon leader and as company executive officer.
As a small business operator he is experienced in making a regular payroll for up to 20 employees and covering all the liabilities of a small business and the ramifications of payroll taxes, unemployment compensation, employee benefits and the complexities of providing high-paying jobs to a well-trained staff.
During his service as a consulting engineer he learned the importance of planning and developing infrastructure and he has designed more than 200 highway bridges and some small community water and sewer systems as well as participating with construction companies in the building of several major road and bridge projects in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.
He and his wife, Linda Stucki Butler have successfully raised their 10 children as well as hosting seven foreign exchange students from Germany, China, Korea, Belgium and Finland.
Butler enjoys outdoor activities with his family including backcountry hiking, fishing, and hunting. He also enjoys attending high school sporting events.
He has been an active, participating member in Republican Party politics serving as a precinct committeeman for several years, He also served as the chairman of the Bingham County Central Committee for two years. During all of these activities he has maintained a small farming operation, raising a few steers and farming about 40 acres to help teach his children the values associated with work and responsibility.
Butler said he feels it is important to have a balanced representation from Eastern Idaho in the state legislature. He believes his expertise will add a needed dimension in the area of highways, bridges, and infrastructure development, which is a large part of state government.