The AIA Idaho board contracted with lobbyist Teresa Harper to keep our members informed and updated on what is important to the architectural community. We welcome Teresa Harper to the AIA Idaho team. Teresa will attend and monitor legislative committees, legislative interim and study committees, and regulatory activity where architects' interests are discussed. She will advise the AIA Idaho board on political strategy and policy, assist with preparations for the legislative session and familiarize Idaho legislators with the goals and objectives of AIA Idaho.

Teresa has been lobbying the Idaho legislature for almost 15 years. During that time, she has worked on issues ranging from unemployment insurance to aquifer recharge to urban renewal, and everything in between. A Boise native, she started her government relations career with the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI) in 2003, worked in-house at Elam & Burke law firm in Boise, and eventually started her own government relations consulting business in 2011. 

Teresa earned a J.D. from the law school at University of Montana (also Larry Benton’s alma mater!) and also holds a B.A. in English and a B.A. in theatre from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. She lives in the North End of Boise with her husband Joe and her long-haired Weimaraner, Hank. She is looking forward to working with AIA Idaho to learn more about the issues that affect us, and to help educate us about how government interacts with our industry. For more information about Teresa Harper's company visit:

Government Affairs

2012 AIA Grassroots Conference Group
Left to right: Past-Pres Ken Gallegos, 2012 Pres-Elect Kyle Hamilton, Central Section Sec-Treasurer John Day, Idaho Senator Jim Risch, Eastern Section Vice-Pres James Wyatt, AIA Idaho Exec Dir Connie Searles, Central Section Vice Pres Wayne Thowless

In order to understand the political temperature of Idaho legislature and better advocate for the professional issues of our membership, AIA Idaho board has retained lobbyist Teresa Harper of Molitor and Associates.

For your information, we will post relevant legislative updates starting February 2018.