Geddes Joins IFBF Governmental Affairs Team
POCATELLO – The Idaho Farm Bureau Federation is pleased to announce that Bob Geddes has joined the staff in the position of Energy and Natural Resources Specialist.
In early 2011, Geddes was appointed chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission by Idaho Governor Butch Otter. From 1995 until 2010 Geddes served as a State Senator representing District 31.
“I am thrilled that Bob has agreed to join the Governmental Affairs staff of the Idaho Farm Bureau.
He will bring immediate knowledge, experience and expertise to our team, particularly in the areas of natural resources and environmental regulations,” said IFBF Governmental Affairs Director Russ Hendricks. “Bob knows and has worked with a lot of people around the state. He will be a great asset to the farmers and ranchers of Idaho and our members.”
Geddes was born in Preston and spent the bulk of his career working as an environmental engineer for Monsanto in the Soda Springs area. He grew up on a wheat and barley farm in Franklin County and graduated from Preston High School. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Utah State University in 1981.
Geddes was appointed to represent the voters of District 31 by Gov. Phil Batt in 1995. His father, Robert C. Geddes was a state representative in the same district for 24 years.
In 1998 Geddes was selected as Majority Caucus Chair in the Idaho Senate where he served until 2000. He was elected by his peers as President Pro Tempore of the Idaho Senate in 2000 after the sudden death of Senate Pro Tem Jerry Twiggs. Geddes served as President Pro Tempore in the Idaho Senate until 2010, the longest any senator has ever held the position.
Geddes and his wife Tammy live in Meridian and have five children.
The Idaho Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots organization with affiliates in all 44 counties and elected boards of directors in 38 county Farm Bureaus. It is the state’s largest general farm organization, representing 68,000 member families.