STEVE PANKEY: ‘When we self-regulate, we need less government’

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Steve Pankey - SNAPSHOT

Age: 67 in June

Family: Married 23 years, divorced 17 years. Son Mark and Esther (She is originally from Peru, battling breast cancer, in Peru getting medical treatment because of Obamacare). Son Carl, 20, murdered on July 4, 2008.

Residence: Twin Falls

Born: Ventura, California

Raised: Pomona, California. “I was raised on Hellfire-Brimstone Baptist preaching and rock ‘n' roll. My lifetime motto is: Simplify and focus.”

Education: Pomona Valley Christian School/La Puente Alternative High School (GED) / associate degree, minor in criminal justice, Aims Community College: Greeley, Colorado

Favorite book: Deuteronomy in the Bible. “Our founding fathers quoted Deuteronomy more than any other Bible book.”

Favorite movie: “Pygmalion” 1938

Favorite music: Jackie Wilson “Baby Workout,” Elvis “If I Can Dream,” “The Old Rugged Cross”

Hobbies: Reading, walking, biking, high performance cars

Person who influenced you most: Jesus Christ

Quality you admire most in someone else: honest, straightforward

Favorite quote: “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion … Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” - John Adams

The main thing I want people to know about my life: “I am a Judeo-Christian. My life, fortune and sacred honor are tied to traditional Christian values with a biblical and constitutional perspective.”

Prior political experience: I ran as an independent for Lincoln County Sheriff in 2004, in an attempt to stop corruption at the Lincoln County line. I ran again for sheriff as a Constitution Party candidate in 2008. In 2010, I was a Republican lieutenant governor candidate.

In 2014, I was the Constitution Party candidate for Idaho governor.

The best thing about my work is: “I have all five First Amendment freedoms: Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of assembly, freedom to petition the government.

My favorite thing about Idaho is: Most Idahoans value their First and Second Amendment rights.

Every day I look forward to: An Idaho where justice for the least of us is justice for all of us.

The most important thing I have learned in life is: Freedom isn't free. Freedom has to be learned and earned by each generation anew.


Steve Pankey has lived a colorful life.

After graduating from an alternative high school in California, he earned an associate degree in education. He said he “lived a bisexual lifestyle” from 1960 to 1976, which got him kicked out of the army. He once worked as an apprentice mortician for the Blaine County Coroner. His ideal day is spent in fasting and prayer, alone with God.

“I am one of the common-sense people running for governor, not one of the empty suits,” said Pankey, a Republican.

Pankey's interest in politics stems back to 2003, when Diane and Alan Scott Johnson were murdered in Bellevue, Idaho.

In his role as a mortician, Pankey was at the crime scene twice. He said he “heard a law enforcement plan consistent with crime scene evidence tampering” to make a case against the couple's daughter, 16-year-old Sarah Johnson, who was later convicted of the crime.

After these experiences, Pankey said he become involved in politics in an attempt to stop corruption and fight injustice in Idaho.

A committed Christian, Pankey's faith is a major part of his life and helps shape his worldview. In fact, if elected to public office, Pankey said he will, “like George Washington, do his best to spend the first hour of every day on his knees before God, seeking God's wisdom.”

For society to function, its members must demonstrate good values, he said. They need not be Christian, necessarily, but they must be moral.

“When we have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal savior and we believe that God is watching every decision we make, and he will judge us for that in the world to come, then I believe we self- regulate,” Pankey said. “And when we self-regulate, we need less government.”

Pankey said his diverse experiences have granted him the ability to respect and empathize with people from many walks of life.

“I want the state of Idaho to treat citizens with nontraditional core values with dignity and respect,” he said. “We must agree to disagree respectively. All Idaho citizens have first amendment rights.”

Like many Idahoans, Pankey said, he values constitutional freedoms and will fight to defend them as governor.

“I'm adamant that your first and second amendment rights go together,” he said. “If you lose one, you lose the other. I'm not willing to give an inch on the second amendment.”

Above all, Pankey said, he values a varied and individual approach to local government. Each community in Idaho has its own needs.

“Idaho is more than Boise,” he said. “I want local control, local responsibility. What works to protect Coeur d'Alene schools may not work to protect Boise schools. One size does not fit all.”


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