April 25, 2016


This letter serves as our recommendation for Rep. Don Cheatham, who is completing his first two-year term representing the people of District 3 in the Idaho House of Representatives.

During his first term, Rep. Cheatham has been assigned to three House Committees: State Affairs, Local Government, and Judiciary, Rules & Administration.  He brings a wealth of real-life experience to his legislative position, with a background in security and law enforcement.  That experience serves him well as he deals with legislation on the widely diverse topics that come before these committees.

Rep. Cheatham is a conscientious and reliable legislator who works hard to represent his constituents well.  He is thoughtful, prudent and deliberative.  He is willing to listen to all sides of an issue and work collaboratively with his fellow legislators to arrive at what is best for his constituents and the people of Idaho.  He is humble and honest, two characteristics that service anyone well, but particularly those who are privileged to hold public office.

We are please to write this letter of support for Rep. Don Cheatham, and we wish him well as he seeks re-election.


Rep. Scott Bedke, Speaker of the House

Rep. Mike Moyle, Majority Leader

Rep. Brent Crane, Assistant Majority Leader

Rep. John Vander Woude, Caucus Chairman

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April 19, 2016


Congressman Raúl Labrador announced his endorsement of Republican candidates Don Cheatham and Kathy Sims. 

Cheatham is seeking re-election to Seat B in Legislative District 3.

"Don Cheatham has emerged as one of the most reliable, conservative voices in the Idaho Legislature.  He has strongly advocated for a smaller government and championed policies that will help out state grow." Labrador said. "He has demonstrated in the Legislature and through his prior service to our country that he cares about keeping America safe.  I'm proud to support Rep. Cheatham.

Sims is seeking re-election to Seat B in District 4.

"Kathy Sims has been a tireless advocate of conservative principles during her time in the Idaho Legislature.  From supporting pro=growth economic policies to defending life of the unborn and our Second Amendment rights. Kathy has always been a reliable vote for conservative policies. I'm proud to support Rep. Kathy Sims," Labrador said.


April 20, 2016


Representative Don Cheatham, a Republican Legislator from Post Falls representing District 3, has received the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation's (IFBF) prestigious "Friend of Agriculture" award.

IFBF President Bryan Searle stated "The Idaho Farm Bureau is pleased to announce that Representative Cheatham scored 93 percent in voting on selected bills that were important to agriculture and our members over the past two legislative sessions.  Representative Cheatham has proven to be a great supporter of agriculture and we appreciate his dedication to limited government and individual liberty in the legislature."

Every two years IFBF reviews the votes legislators cast on selected bills that are important to its membership.  These bills are used to determine which legislators will receive the IFBF "Friend of Agriculture" award.  This year, five Idaho senators and thirty seven representatives will receive the coveted award.

"Representative Cheatham takes the time to study these important issues and make informed decisions" stated Kootenai County Farm Bureau President Joe Dobson.  "Agriculture is so important to our economy in Idaho.  We believe it is important to let the community know who those lawmakers are that support agriculture."

With over 745,000 Idaho families as members, the Farm Bureau is the largest general farm organization in Idaho. It is a voluntary, grassroots, dues-financed organization dedicated to strengthening agriculture and protecting the rights, values and property of our member families and their neighbors.


March 6, 2016


State Representative Don Cheatham from District 3B has registered to run for reelection for his same position in the legislature. 
District 3 is Post Falls, Rathdrum, and small parts of Worley and Coeur d’Alene.  After retiring, he wants to continue giving back 
to his community.  Being retired has allowed him to devote his efforts to this endeavor fulltime, wherein Representatives Don Cheatham and his seatmate, Ron Mendive, have attended approximately 75 meetings, when they’re not in session.  The two have met with health care providers, numerous meetings for Coeur d’Alene- Spokane River Basin Adjudication, utility companies, Idaho Division of Veterans Services, education, business community, forestry, Judicial Branch, Water and Soil Conservation, the public, to name just a few.  It is important to listen to the people and organizations you represent. 

Don Cheatham has decades of unique and exceptional experience.  His most recent position was with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Regional Director for the Southwestern United States.  He and his team were dispersed throughout this region and had the responsibility for keeping more than 45 million people safe from terrorist attacks, prevent the unauthorized acquisition, importation, movement or use of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear materials and 
capabilities, etc.  Cheatham’s team was also responsible for working with stakeholders to enhance the security of our nation’s critical infrastructure and key resources. There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems and networks, whether physical or virtual are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on national economic security, security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof.   These critical infrastructure sectors are information technology, financial, energy, communications, food and agriculture, critical manufacturing, dams, healthcare and public health, defense, commercial facilities, chemical, government facilities, emergency services, transportation, water and waste water systems and nuclear facilities.  Without a safe America, this country will fail to 
thrive economically.  

Cheatham was also previously employed in the private sector by the second largest bank in the United States, Bank of America, in Corporate Security.  He was later promoted to Vice President and Regional Manager, where he worked in the Protective Services Division covering several states.  Cheatham drafted $10 million plus budgets, addressing the bank’s security vulnerabilities and key assets.

Cheatham served nearly 25 years with the Los Angeles Police Department which included assignments in Homicide Investigations, SWAT, detective supervisor in a Gang Task Force, Internal Affairs, Organized Crime, and the Anti-Terrorist Division, wherein he was a member of the Los Angeles Task Force on Terrorism.

Cheatham served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era.

Cheatham has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the California State University, Los Angeles and a California Community College, Lifetime Limited Teaching Credential.  He was also a licensed realtor, private investigator and held a Certified Protection Professional in the American Society of Industrial Security. Cheatham has always had a passion for learning.

His platform issues are aimed at improving education options, especially since his mother was a teacher in the public school system for over 40 years, voting to improve and not hinder business growth, pro-second amendment (gun rights), states’ and peoples’ rights, assisting veterans, when possible, pro-life and promotes fiscal responsibility.

In his time off, he enjoys the outdoors and golfing with his wife of 32 years.

The bottom line is Don Cheatham is a conservative Republican, who is honest, intelligent, good sense of humor and is still that approachable, nice guy.    

Written by Lynn Cheatham, wife


Thank you to my constituents for your support and your votes to re-elect me, Don Cheatham as State Representative, District 3B. I will continue to work hard on your behalf throughout the year.


April 5, 2016


In 2016, Legislators wrote over 820 pieces of draft legislation of which approximately two-thirds (more than 550) were introduced as bills.  In 2015, there were approximately 330 House Bills and 38 House Concurrent Resolutions or House Joint Memorials.  The Senate had 193 Senate Bills in 2015.  

These are the House/Senate Bills which I sponsored, co-sponsored or supported during the 2015-16 session of the legislature and they are as follows:

House Bill 447aaS – Amends existing law to provide that records related to proposed or existing critical infrastructure that contain sensitive information regarding of any public agency shall be exempt from disclosure.  This Bill was brought to our House State Affairs Committee subsequent to months of work by the Idaho Consumer-Owned Utilities Association and many other stakeholders to address a weakness in Idaho Code Section 74-105. In addition to representing all of the rural power companies in Idaho, the Idaho Consumer-Owned Utilities Association also represented nine municipal power companies including the cities of Bonners Ferry, Burley, Heyburn, Idaho Falls, Plummer, Rupert, Soda Springs, and Weiser. HB447 is a preventative measure and a layer of security against terrorism, disruptions, intrusions, destruction of key assets, systems and networks. This bill supports protection and planning efforts, and enhances the physical and cyber security.

House Bill 554 – This bill amends existing law to provide worker’s compensation for firemen for disability or death resulting from certain occupational diseases. It provides for a both a presumption and rebuttal of proximate causation. It clarifies that employment shall be within the State of Idaho.

House Bill 516 – Allows women to have a free ultrasound, prior to having an abortion, if wanted and is entirely voluntary.

House Bill 604 –This bill would have amended existing law to provide an additional form of personal identification that may be presented at the polls when voting. It would have added a concealed carry weapon permit identification card to the list of acceptable forms of ID. The bill passed the House by a vote of 66/0, but did not get presented in the Senate State Affairs Committee.

House Bill 380 –The original House Bill would have amended existing law   decreasing personal income tax rates minimally and to increase certain grocery tax credits.  It had a total tax reduction of $27.8 million. The bill was later amended negatively to collect taxes on internet sales. The bill was subsequently killed. I would not have supported the bill after it was changed.

House Bill 582 – This bill would have provided legislative intent in the event some of Idaho’s lands were returned to us from the federal government. The bill would have provided for administration and management criteria, to provide for multiple uses and to provide for sustained yield. This bill passed the House by a vote of 53/14 on party lines. The bill was sent to the Senate Resources and Environment Committee, where it died.

House Bill 512 – Amends community college trustee zones. Different communities have different technical, academic, and professional development needs. The purpose of this legislation is to ensure representation that is evenly distributed throughout a community college district; this bill utilizes the same zoning processes for zoning and rezoning within the district within that Idaho Code already required of school districts. The bill passed the House by a vote of 66/0.

House Bill 586 – (Public land) Amends and adds to existing law to revise provisions, regarding cessation of certain lands for military purposes and lands in a territory of the Yellowstone National Park. This bill provides for consent by the State to certain purchases of land by the government of the U.S. and to clarify the parameters of U.S. such lands, etc. This legislation was passed out of our House State Affairs Committee to be printed as a bill. It was sent to the Resources and Conversation Committee where it died.

House Bill 528 – Sexual assault evidence kits. This legislation will create and codify systems used by law enforcement, health care facilities, the Idaho State Police and the Forensics Laboratory in the processing of the sexual assault kits in Idaho. It will support the chain of custody, assist in the identification of perpetrators, possibly connect them to other crimes, and provide a defense to those wrongfully accused.

House Bill 264 – Established a behavioral health community crisis center in Coeur d’ Alene which currently is in operation.

House Bill 606 – Several amendments to Urban Renewal by the Urban Renewal Interim Committee.

House Concurrent Resolution 29 – Commemorating the 130th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty.

House Joint Resolution 1 – Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Idaho to provide that nothing in Section 5, Article IX shall be construed to prohibit the legislature or any county, city, town, township, school district or other public corporation from making appropriations, payments, grants or donations of public funds or moneys for the purpose of providing grants, scholarships, loans or other assistance to students or parents of students for educational purposes.

House Concurrent Resolution 28aa – Military families recognized for their commitment, sacrifice and courage, who consistently demonstrate this.

Senate Bill 1104aaH – Authorized a Veteran’s home in Northern Idaho.

Senate Bill 1044 – Placed restrictions on the use of eminent domain to acquire private property for use as trails, paths greenways or other ways for walking, running, hiking, bicycling or equestrian use, unless adjacent to a highway, road or street.

Senate Bill 1389 – The purpose of this legislature is to make consistent state law regarding concealed weapons carry.  The bill provides for concealed carry consistency between counties and cities.

Senate Bill 1305 – Provide a process for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to have an independent entity carry out drawings for tags for controlled hunts.  The department shall contract with a private entity for controlled hunt permits as established by the commission.  Permits issued randomly by the department shall solicit bids for the contract to ensure transparency in the drawing process.

Senate Bill 1349/1404aa – Unborn infants dignity act. This legislation would have made it illegal to harvest the organs and tissue for any purpose, including experimentation of unborn children lost to abortion. It strengthens ethical standards for proper medical research, and the legislation reinforces the principle that the mother has a right to provide for the respectful disposition of her baby’s remains. Organs and tissue of preborn children may be donated in cases other than abortion with proper informed consent. The bill passed both the House and Senate and was sent to the Governor’s office on 3/28/2016.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 148 – Hecla Mining Company was recognized for their 125th anniversary.

2015 Legislative Activities Of State Representative Don Cheatham

An overview of some the legislative bills Don supported:

Veterans Home, Post Falls, SB 1104a:  I was a co-sponsor on this legislation which establishes the State of Idaho’s commitment to request a federal grant to construct and fund a 4th Veterans’ Home and to proceed with the application for the federal grant, in order to provide 65% of the construction costs.

Eminent Domain, SB 1044:  I was a co-sponsor on this bill which amends existing law, so eminent domain will not be used for trails, paths, greenways or other ways for walking, running, hiking, bicycling or equestrian use, unless adjacent to a highway, road or street.

Presidential Primary, SB 1066:  This legislation creates a presidential primary using the already existing election date on the second Tuesday in March.  All other candidates for state or federal office are unaffected and will continue to use the May Primary election date.  The Presidential Primary will allow greater opportunity for out of country military personnel, the elderly and others to participate in the process.

Retirement Provisions for the Legislature, HB 100:  I voted in support to end pension spiking in the Legislature, a special retirement perk which sharply boosts the pensions of longtime lawmakers late in their careers.  They do brief stints in high paying state jobs by counting all their years of legislative service, as if they had served in the higher paying job the entire time.  This bill was subsequently sent to the Senate for their legislative consideration.  This bill failed.  There was a decision made not to hear the bill in the Senate by their leadership.

Civics Test for Graduation, SB 1071a:  I was co-sponsor on the legislation.  The purpose of this legislation is to require Idaho students, as a condition for graduation, to pass a test on 100 basic facts of United States history and civics taken from the United States Citizenship Civics Test.

Nonprobate Transfers, SB 1056a:  This adds to existing law to provide for a right of survivorship for personal property held as community and to provide that the right of survivorship is extinguished in certain instances.  Many financial institutions have a check off on their forms to create community property with right of survivorship, but require that there be State law specifically allowing such ownership.  This bill creates that specific authorization.

Parent and Child, HB 113a:  Adds to existing law to provide the parental right to direct the care, custody and control of children.  It provides the parental right to direct the education of children and to restrict interference with fundamental parental rights and to provide that this act shall not invalidate the Child Protective Act, to authorize a claim, defense and appropriate relief and to provide for attorney’s fees.

Mental Health Services/Psychiatric Hospitalization/Substance Abuse Services, HB 264:  Provides $88,007,100 for these services for three divisions for 2016.

Chemical Abortions, HB 154a:  I was a co-sponsor on this legislation which requires a physician to conduct an in-person examination and counseling of a pregnant woman, prior to prescribing abortion-inducing drugs.

As of April 10th, 330 House Bills, 26 House Concurrent Resolutions, 12 House Joint Memorials, 193 Senate Bills, 31 Senate Concurrent Resolutions and 3 Senate Joint Memorials have been introduced.



  • Kootenai County Jobs Plus Business Community Coalition of Kootenai County
  • Republican Women Federated Forum
  • Kootenai County Republican Legislative Town Hall
  • Avista Corp – Legislative meeting
  • Idaho PUC – Public mtg re: Hydro One/Avista proposed merger
  • Idaho Dept of Lands – Forest Practices Act Advisory Council
    • Kootenai Electric Cooperative, Inc. – annual membership  meeting
  • Attended No. Idaho College student GED graduation
  •  Attended Russ Fulcher community meet and greet
  • Attended Lewis and Clark College student graduation
  •  Attended University of Idaho student graduation
  • Attended Post Falls Planning and Zoning meeting
  • Met with Coeur d’ Alene Prosecutor’s office
  • Attended Kootenai Hospital Health and Crisis Center for an update
  • Met with Idaho Supreme Court Justices
  •  Attended Public mtg re: re Hydro One/Avista proposed merger
  • Idaho Dept of Lands: Rule making process for waterways
  • Idaho GOP State Convention, Pocatello, ID.
  • Participated in the Coeur d’ Alene 4th of July parade
  • Participated in the Post Falls annual parade
  • Participated in the Rathdrum annual parade
  • Attended a campaign meet and greet held for Lt. Governor Little
  • Idaho PERSI – Coeur d’ Alene
  • Met with Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare
  • Idaho State Police – District 1
  • Idaho Trucking Association annual convention
  • Leadership Summit on Suicide Prevention
  • Avista Corporation re: Hydro One/Avista proposed merger
  • Idaho Transportation District 1, infrastructure update tour
  • Idaho Transportation District 1, Monthly Board Meeting
  • U.S. Dept of Homeland Security liaison
  • Legislative liaison meeting in Boise
  • Participated in American Legion, Kootenai County Fair
  • Participated/volunteered as a member of the American Legion, Post 143, located in Post Falls, at the Kootenai County Fair
  • Met with representatives of the Idaho Farm Bureau to receive a “Friend of Agriculture” acknowledgement for supporting Idaho businesses and industries contributing to our state’s economy
  • Met with a representative of the Idaho Dental Society in support of legislation specifically to address the proper appropriation of funding specifically directed for dental patients
  • Accompanied other legislators to meet with representatives of medical insurers to address the need for better access to medical plans for Idaho citizens
  • Participated in the “Governor’s Cup”, a fund-raising event, in which the proceeds provide college scholarships for Idaho students
  • Met with members of the Kootenai County Cancer and Community Charities (3Cs) regarding an upcoming charity event to acknowledge and support cancer treatment facilities
  • Attended a “Meet and Greet” fund raiser for Lt. Governor candidate Janice McGeachin
  • Attended a Kootenai County Cancer and Community Charities golf tournament to raise funding for cancer and community charities
  • Met with members of the State of Idaho Real Estate Commission
  • Met with a member of the Kootenai County Republican Women Federated to submit a donation
  • Idaho State Attorney General’s Office regarding a citizen complaint
  • Kootenai County Central Committee campaign working event in support of local and state candidates
  • Secretary of State Campaign Disclosure training workshop for candidate treasurers and disclosure reporting
  • Met with representatives of Avista Utilities regarding a proposed merger with another utility
  • Attended a Kootenai County Fire and Rescue ribbon cutting celebration, regarding their enhancement of emergency preparedness, planning and response operations in support of community needs
  • Attended and participated in the Kootenai County Republican Women Federated Annual meeting and fundraiser
  • Attended a campaign preparedness event in support of local and state candidates running in the upcoming General Election on Nov 6th
  • Idaho State Attorney General’s office regarding the status of a citizen complaint
  • Attended an Alzheimer’s Town Hall meeting in Coeur d’ Alene, regarding a looming health and welfare concern about our elderly population
  • Attended and participated in the Kootenai-Shoshone Soil and Water Conservation bi-annual District 1 meeting for the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts
  • Attended the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI) at the Northern Idaho College. The meeting was geared to present the IACI overview of industry concerns.  The CDA, Post Falls, and Rathdrum Chambers of Commerce sponsored the event
  • Met with a private citizen regarding school issues
  • Participated in the Governor’s pre-election bus tour which included stops at various locations throughout the state. Included in the bus tour were the candidates for the State Elected Officials which are:
  • Brad Little (for Governor)
  • Janice McGeachin for Lt. Governor
  • Lawrence Denny for Secretary of State
  • Lawrence Wadsen for Attorney General
  • Sherri Ybarra for Supt. of Public Instruction
  • Branden Wolfe for State Controller
  • Newby-ginnings of North Idaho, Inc., a non-profit organization in Post Falls which provides household items to veterans and their families in need.
  • Etc., etc.