David Cannon

David, hailing from Blackfoot, Idaho, grew up immersed in the family construction business before embarking on a diverse educational and professional journey. A graduate of Blackfoot High School, David served a church mission in Argentina, then pursued an undergraduate degree in economics at Brigham Young University followed by a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law. Currently, he practices law at Cannon Law, P.A. and is a part-owner of Trestlewood, a reclaimed wood business. Deeply involved in his community, David has served as president of the Blackfoot Rotary Club (2013-14) and is the race director for the Wolverine Canyon Marathon series, which raises funds and awareness to combat cystic fibrosis. An avid sports enthusiast, he enjoys basketball, running, tennis, and disc golf. David is married to Lisa, and they are proud parents to Justin, Tyler, Rachel, and Scott, and grandparents to Haylee, Avery, and Wesley.

News Stories

News • Clark Corbin, Idaho Capital Sun • 02/15/2024

Following last week's leadership shakeup in the Idaho Legislature, Blackfoot Republican Rep. David Cannon was appointed as the chairman of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, a key position given its significant influence over tax policy. This appointment came after new House Majority Leader Jason Monks, R-Meridian, stepped down from the chairmanship following his election as majority leader, a role generally incompatible with chairing regular committees. Cannon, who had been serving as vice chairman under Monks, was seen as a natural successor. The chair of this committee is particularly powerful as, according to the Idaho Constitution, any bill that raises revenue must originate in the House, positioning the chairperson as a critical gatekeeper in tax and revenue policy decisions. Additional committee changes included Rep. Jeff Ehlers, R-Meridian, being named vice chair of the same committee, and other shifts involving Reps. Jaron Crane and Judy Boyle in key committee roles.

News • Clark Corbin, Idaho Capital Sun • 02/27/2024

Rep. David Cannon, R-Blackfoot, Chairman of the Idaho House Revenue and Taxation Committee, announced that the committee will not accept remote virtual testimony this legislative session. This decision continues the policy set by his predecessor, Jason Monks. The policy of disallowing remote testimony, which has been available since 2018 allowing Idahoans to participate in legislative processes from afar, has been contested by several Idaho residents. They argue that remote testimony is crucial for ensuring statewide participation, especially for those far from Boise. The decision has sparked criticism among citizens, like Karole Honas and Patrice Yeatter, who see this as a limitation on rural voices in legislative discussions, particularly regarding contentious bills such as House Bill 447, a school choice tax credit bill. Cannon maintains that continuity and avoidance of mid-session policy changes are central to his decision, urging those who cannot attend to submit their views via email as written testimony.

Editorial • Rep. David Cannon, Idaho State Journal • 04/20/2024

Rep. David Cannon proudly notes the achievement of substantial tax relief in every session since his election in 2020, highlighting this year's H521 which facilitated property tax relief by allocating funds for school facilities, thus supporting education infrastructure while reducing property taxes. However, he expressed disappointment over the failure to pass legislation expanding parental school choice options in Idaho, citing his belief in competition as a key to enhancing educational efficiency and innovation. Looking ahead, Cannon is committed to increasing governmental transparency, particularly in tax processes, inspired by recent improvements in the JFAC budgeting process which he sees as a significant victory in making government operations more transparent.

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