Dr. Tommy Ahlquist knows to accomplish anything worthwhile you have to be a doer and not a talker. He learned this lesson from his Grandpa Pettersson at an early age on the family farm. He has lived by this principle in his work as a small businessman, emergency room doctor, father and leader in the community.
Tommy believes in the people of Idaho. His commitment to making communities stronger has driven him to run for Governor. With fresh ideas, a fresh approach and by working together, he knows we can build an even better Idaho.
Tommy has spent his entire professional career in Idaho. He is best known for transforming the corner of 8th and Main from a 25-year hole in downtown Boise to the Zion’s Bank Building, now the tallest building in Idaho. Over the last 10 years, Tommy has built over 2 million square feet of commercial property across Idaho. As a builder, he has created thousands of jobs in Idaho, invested significantly in the local economy and helped small business owners realize their dreams. Tommy has a proven track record of attracting businesses to the state and has the skills Idaho needs to grow its economy and create jobs.
Tommy is an entrepreneur at heart. He has started several successful small businesses in Idaho including a pharmacy, primary care clinic and the national med-tech company Stat Pads. He knows the important role small business plays in Idaho’s economy and personally understands how government can help these leaders succeed or slow progress with excessive and overreaching regulations.
Tommy grew up on his family’s farm and came to Idaho to play basketball at Ricks College and pursue a career in medicine. During this time, Tommy took a break from studying to serve a mission in Brazil with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He earned his medical degree from the University of Utah and completed specialty training for emergency medicine at the University of Arizona. After completing his medical training, he and his family returned to Idaho to begin his career.
As an ER doctor in Idaho, Tommy has improved people’s lives, caring for tens of thousands of patients. He has saved patients’ lives and helped families deal with tremendous loss. During this time, he was inspired to help create FACES of Hope Victim’s Center after seeing the desperate need for community services for victims of abuse and neglect. In 2015 and 2016 alone, the organization helped over 3,000 women and children.
As a community leader, Tommy has served on the Boise Chamber Board of Directors, the President’s Board of Directors for Boise State University, the United Way Treasure Valley Board, the American Heart Association Board, Together Treasure Valley and is President of the FACES Foundation of Idaho. He also is on the YMCA’s Comprehensive Campaign Cabinet and recently co-founded the Treasure Valley Leadership Alliance and Idaho 2020: Investing in Idaho’s Future.
Tommy is married to his high school sweetheart Shanna. Together, they have four children.