Birthdate: Feb. 8, 1964
Birth Place: Aspen, CO, United States
Residence: Boise, ID
Nicole LeFavour was born near Aspen, Colo., moving with her family to central Idaho's rural, mountainous Custer County when she was young. She earned a bachelor's in cognitive science from the University of California-Berkeley in 1987.
After teaching for a year in San Francisco's inner-city schools, she earned a master's in writing at the University of Montana. She then moved to Boise in 1990 to teach, write and work as a community activist.
She was elected to the Idaho House in 2004, where she served until winning election to the state Senate in 2008. She announced her retirement from the state Senate to run for Congress.
LeFavour is Idaho's first and only openly gay state lawmaker. She and her partner, Carol, live in Boise.
During her time in the Idaho Legislature, Nicole LeFavour, the state's first and only openly gay state legislator, has been a champion of legislation to protect gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexual individuals, as well as the victims of bullying.
It's been an uphill struggle. Her efforts to add housing and job protections for gays to Idaho's Human Rights Act failed without advancing out of GOP-dominated committees, most recently during the 2012 Legislature.
LeFavour was also stymied with her final legislative effort of 2012, an anti-bullying measure. Though the state Senate approved legislation that would have required teachers and administrators to confront students who harass and threaten their classmates, LeFavour's measure was ultimately bottled up in a House committee when the session ended.
A member of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee that sets Idaho's budget, LeFavour was a critic of spending plans crafted largely by the Republican majority. She regularly lamented cuts to education and social services such as Medicaid, chiding what she termed as GOP efforts to undermine important building blocks of the foundations of Idaho's society.
In the late-1990s, LeFavour was embroiled in a personal dispute with a former girlfriend. She filed a protection order seeking to shield herself from stalking, but pleaded guilty in 1999 to violating the order, on what she calls poor advice from her attorney; she didn't believe she was guilty. She paid a $163 fine.
In March 2012, the former girlfriend's brother released a statement to The Associated Press where he conceded he testified inaccurately a decade ago. LeFavour did nothing illegal, he said.
LeFavour says being a domestic violence victim has informed her decision-making, in particular as a member of the House Judiciary and Rules Committee until 2008.
She has criticized her 2012 rival, seven-term Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, as only superficially moderate, citing his vote against discrimination protections for women in the workplace as an example of how his public persona as a congenial bon vivant doesn't match his policy choices.
Source: Associated Press