More About Tommy Ahlquist M.D.

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.

Why Tommy for Idaho

"I believe in the strength of the individual and personal responsibility. I believe in the limited role of government. Like all Idahoans, I have the same can-do spirit of action, not words. That’s why I’m running for governor, with a conservative blueprint for building an even better Idaho."

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Dr. Tommy Ahlquist for Idaho What are people saying?

I've come to Idaho Falls and Idaho today because I believe the impact of one person in Idaho is gonna bring change of a conservative nature that will make the lives of Idaho people a lot better and that's Tommy Ahlquist," Romney said during the event. The combination of strength, given his capacity and his experience, with his goodness will make him a great governor in the great state of Idaho.

Mitt Romney Former Massachusetts Governer and U.S. President Candidate

Accomplishments require shared vision, a plan and action - and Tommy has successfully taken vision and plans and turned them into reality in every area of his life - from family and being an ER doctor to building small businesses and creating thousands of Idaho jobs. I can think of no one better suited to boldly lead Idaho into the future than Tommy Ahlquist.

Kristin Armstrong Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist

With the right leadership Idaho can become an economic leader with exceptional job growth along with a focus on a workforce educated for the jobs of the future. Tommy Ahlquist is the only candidate with a proven record who can lead us there. Idaho is exceptional, and we can and will be even better with Tommy as our next Governor.

Tammy DeWeerd Mayor, Meridian Idaho

The hardworking men and women of Idaho deserve a conservative Governor with a can-do attitude and that hardworking conservative is Tommy Ahlquist. We need someone like Tommy who has made it happen on his own business as well as medicine. We don't need just another politician. Tommy will make it happen.

Larry Williams Founder of Idaho Timber Corp.

Few men and women are born leaders, but Tommy Ahlquist is one of them. Today's Idahoans and those of future generations to come would benefit greatly from having his proven leadership, fresh approach and track record of success in the Statehouse.

Lorna Finman Head of LCF Enterprises and STEM Revolution in North Idaho

Tommy Ahlquist has a conservative vision and plan to better educate our children for the jobs of the future and help existing Idaho businesses thrive. Leadership requires planning in action and I urge every Idahoan to read his Conservative Blueprint for an Even Better Idaho.

Doug Pickett Owner of Pickett Ranch

Tommy’s fresh approach, new ideas and a long-standing track record of successful leadership are something we all believe in. We’ve seen a groundswell of support and our growing campaign team covers every inch of the state – standing together in strong support of Tommy and his Blueprint for Building an Even Better Idaho.

Tyler Hurst 2nd Vice Chair of the Idaho Republican Party

I am honored to serve alongside Tommy because not only is he a man of integrity, but a man of action. “Tommy is a committed conservative who will bring bold reforms to Boise – from cutting wasteful spending to sweeping ethics reforms – and Tommy has the track record to get it done and get it done successfully.”

Steve Millington Twin Falls County Chair and Chairman of the Twin Falls Republican Party

As a treatment provider who sees the wreckage this crisis causes individuals and families day after day – I can tell you Ahlquist’s plan hits every single bullet point I’d put in an opioid crisis plan if I wrote such a plan myself

Jason Coombs CEO and Founder of Meridian-based Brick House Recovery


Our Mission

I believe in the strength of the individual and personal responsibility. I believe in the limited role of government. Like all Idahoans, I have the same can-do spirit of action, not words. That’s why I’m running for governor, with a conservative blueprint for building an even better Idaho.

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My Promise for the Future of Idaho

Our Vision

We need higher paying jobs in Idaho. Our state’s economy rests on the backs of small business and I promise to lead efforts that focus on taking care of our current businesses — and then relentlessly promote Idaho as the best place to do business in the nation. It will take time, but it must and will be done.

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