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Robert Butler files for state representative

The Aberdeen Times of Aberdeen, Idaho

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Robert B. Butler is a candidate for District 31 Representative Seat A at the Idaho State Legislature. He is a practicing civil engineer licensed in four states and is president of Butler Engineering and Land Surveying in Shelley, ID. He has operated this business for 20 years helping to build up and establish the permanence of the communities the company serves. Prior to starting the consulting engineering business, his career included working for EG&G at the INEL for three years, serving as the Bingham County Engineer for 11 years, and he began his career as a civil engineer at David E. Benton Consulting Engineers in Idaho Falls.

Having graduated from Shelley High School he attended Ricks College in Rex-burg and after serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Butler completed his education in civil engineering at Brigham Young University Prov'o. While at BYU he enrolled in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Knox, KY, Ft. Lewis, WA, and Ft. Belvoir, VA. After discharge from active duty, he returned to Idaho where he obtained his first civil engineering position. He also joined the Idaho Army National Guard and served in C Company of the 116th Engineers Battalion for six years as a platoon leader and as Company Executive Officer.

As a small business operator he is experienced in making a regular payroll for up to 20 employees and covering all the liabilities of a small business and the ramifications of payroll taxes, unemployment compensation, employee benefits and the complexities of providing high paying jobs to a well-trained staff. During his service as a consulting engineer he learned the importance of planning and developing infrastructure and he has designed more than 200 highway bridges and some small community water and sewer systems, as well as participating with construction companies in the building of several major road and bridge projects in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

He and his wife, Linda Stucki Butler, have successfully raised their 10 children as well as hosting seven foreign exchange students from Germany, China, Korea, Belgium and Finland.

Butler enjoys outdoor activities with his family including back country, hiking, fishing and hunting. He also enjoys attending high school sporting events.

He has been an active, participating member in Republican Party politics serving as a precinct committeeman for several years and. also serving as the chairman of the Bingham County Central Committee for two years. During all of these activities he has maintained a small farming operation raising a few steers and farming about 40 acres to help teach his children the values associated with work and responsibility.

Butler feels it is important to have a balanced representation from Eastern Idaho in the state legislature. He says his expertise will add a needed dimension in the area of highways, bridges, and infrastructure development, which is a large part of state government.

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Original Publication Date: March 28, 2012

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