Bob Nonini got an earlier start in politics than most.
When he was young, his mother was an elected official in Shoshone County–the lone Republican in a political scene that was largely dominated by Democrats at the time. Nonini said people often told his mother that it would be easier to get elected if she ran as a Democrat.
“As a young boy, I asked why she didn’t. She said it was about principles,” Nonini said. “The principles of the Republican party were more important than her job.”
His mother’s commitment to her principles has stayed with him all his life, he said, and it’s had a major impact on his own political career. A member of his mother’s chosen party, Nonini has been involved in Idaho politics at the county and state levels for 30 years.
“I want to take my passion for Idaho politics to a new level,” he said. “That’s why I’m running for lieutenant governor.”
In particular, Nonini is focused on education and economic development. Idaho is a diverse state, he said. Each region has something to offer, from agriculture in Eastern Idaho to technology in Boise and mining and timber in North Idaho.
Nonini was born in Wallace and attended North Idaho College. For 19 years, he’s been married to Cathyanne, a concert violinist with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony. They have a daughter, Kristin, and two grandsons.
Outside of politics, Nonini works in insurance. It’s a good fit for him, he said, because he’s a people person above all.
“I like helping people take care of their family’s needs and plan for their future,” he said.
It’s true in politics as well as insurance. He’s invested in the Gem State’s future.
Idaho is one of the fastest-growing states in the country,and it’s easy to see why, Nonini said. The state offers a relatively low cost of living with a high quality of life. Idahoans enjoy many natural resources and activities–from skiing and boating, to fishing and camping, to biking the Centennial Trail and the Route of the Hiawatha.
But an influx of new residents could lead to a cultural shift. Nonini said it’s important to preserve Idaho as it is for future generations, and keep it affordable for the people who live here now.
“I like Idaho. I don’t want it to change,” he said. “I’m fine with growth, but I hope people who move here can accept Idaho ways… I want to make sure the quality of life in Idaho does not decline.”
Paid for by the Committee to Elect Bob Nonini for Lt. Governor – Treasurer R. Scot Haug
SNAPSHOT – BOB NONINI
Residence: Coeur d’Alene
Education: Wallace High School, North Idaho College
Favorite Book: Hard to choose just one. I like political fiction.
Favorite Movie: “The 10 Commandments”
Favorite musical genre: ‘60s and ‘70s rock and roll
Hobbies: golfing, skiing, boating and yard work
Person who influenced you most in life: My mother. Her work ethic and political activity have been the biggest influence on my life.
Quality you admire most in someone else: Honesty
Favorite quote: “Plant your seeds firmly in the ground and don’t move from that position.”
The main thing I want people to know about my life is: I married Cathyanne. She’s the greatest part of my life. I can’t say enough about how lucky I am.
The best thing about my work is: Being able to help people, whether through insurance or the legislature.
People would be surprised to know that: I look forward to going to church every weekend.
On a day off, I will most likely be found: At home with Cathyanne. I’m a homebody.
My favorite thing about Idaho is: How friendly the people are.
My perfect day is: Breakfast on the patio (poached eggs and toast), a boat ride from my house to The Coeur d’Alene Resort golf course, and making a par on the floating green.