James D. Holtzclaw

James Holtzclaw is a United States Air Force Veteran and became the first member of his family to attain a college degree, graduating from George Fox University. He served in the armed forces for 10 years and completed four overseas tours where he was awarded distinguished medals and commendations, including Outstanding Airman of the Year, National Defense Medal, and Outstanding Unit with Valor medal.

In 1995 Holtzclaw was transferred to Mountain Home Air Force Base and has called Idaho home ever since. In Meridian, he is a small business owner, real estate agent, and property manager. He is active in the community and has volunteered for multiple local non-profits, including food banks, the Suicide Prevention Hotline, American Legion, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

In 2012, Holtzclaw began serving the Idaho House of Representatives. He is now Chairman of Commerce & Human Resources and sits on the Transportation & Defense, State Affairs Committee, Justice Reinvestment, and Veterans affairs committees.

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News • Carolyn Komatsoulis, Longview News-Journal • 02/27/2024

The bill was sponsored by Reps. James Holtzclaw, R-Meridian, and Chenele Dixon, R-Kimberly. Dixon told the House Business Committee the proposal was an update on a law passed in 2023.

“So House Bill 589 will stop various junk HOA fees relating to clearing title and closing on a home,” Dixon said. “It is a collaborative effort. ... I don’t know of any opposition.”

News • Press Release, Big Country News • 03/06/2024

Surrounded by the hardworking employees of Nampa company Autovol, a leader in modular construction and automation, Governor Brad Little signed House Bill 428 today to cut unemployment insurance taxes another 20% for Idaho businesses.

"Idaho has the strongest economy in the nation, putting us in the enviable position of being able to change the unemployment insurance tax formula to save employers money while maintaining a solvent trust fund," Governor Little said. "We are on pace to deploy $3.7 billion in tax relief since I took office in 2019, with even more on the way. Idaho is proud that we have delivered more tax relief per capita than any other state while making meaningful investments in schools, roads, and infrastructure."

The widely supported bill adjusts the unemployment insurance desired fund size multiplier from 1.3 to 1.2, which will reduce unemployment insurance taxes and save Idaho businesses $44 million this year and an estimated $117 million over five years. Idaho is among the top 10 states for unemployment insurance trust fund solvency.

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