, Idaho , United States
|| October 15, 1949
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|Info||Ben Ysursa was elected Idahoís 26th Secretary of State on November 5, 2002 with 77% of the vote. He took the oath of office on January 6, 2003. |
He was born in Boise, Idaho in 1949. He is a 1971 graduate of Gonzaga University and earned his law degree at St. Louis University Law School in 1974 and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in October 1974.
Ben started his professional career serving first as Deputy Secretary of State from 1974 to 1976 and then as Chief Deputy Secretary of State from 1976-2002. He has conducted numerous workshops on elections for county, city and district officials throughout the state and has authored various manuals.
Ben was the recipient of the "Boyd Martin Award" presented by the Association of Idaho Cities and the 1992 Recipient for Outstanding Administrator from the Idaho Republican Party. He was also a member of the Land Board briefing committee and Board of Examiners sub-committee. Ben has served as a board member for various state and city committees and as a volunteer for youth athletic organizations. Ben is a member of the Basque Center and St. Johnís Parish.
He and his wife Penny have three children, Shawn Del, Matthew, and Andrew and two grandchildren Benjamin and Thomas.