Our State History
Idaho was officially granted a state charter by the National Republican Liberty Caucus in August 2012, after a successful liberty event—held in conjunction with the Idaho GOP state convention at Twin Falls in June—led to the election of officers to pursue a charter. Idaho's first elected officers and board members have established a solid foundation, and the Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho (RLCID) quickly became an influential agent of liberty within the state and beyond.
The Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho's first elected state chair was Karen Calisterio from northern Idaho, who was re-elected to a second term in 2014.
On April 1, 2014, just one year and ten months from the date of that first organizational meeting in Twin Falls, with a state population of roughly 1.6 million, the Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho rose to become the largest RLC state charter in the nation. The Idaho charter held on to that top position until July 1, 2015 when Texas surged to the lead by a slim margin.
The RLCID State Convention is held biennially in even-numbered years, where state officers, seven regional directors and two congressional district directors are elected, bylaw and rules changes are introduced and voted on, and delegates hear from prominent speakers and receive training in parliamentary procedures. Per the RLCID bylaws and rules, the RLCID State Convention is held in the same city as, and one day prior to, the Idaho Republican State Convention. The 2014 RLCID State Convention was held in Moscow, Idaho and the 2016 RLCID State Convention will be held in Nampa, Idaho.
The Idaho charter of the Republican Liberty Caucus endorses gubernatorial and legislative candidates and contributes to their campaigns through the RLCID State PAC. County RLCID chapters endorse county, city, school district and highway district candidates.