Scott Herndon was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1967. In 1673, William Herndon came from Kent, England to the Virginia Colony and settled in New Kent County, Virginia. Scott’s parents, also born in Richmond, migrated west through several states before Scott was five, finally settling in California. Scott attended Missouri Military Academy for high school and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Arizona State University in 1989.
Scott met his wife Arlene in 1995 in San Francisco. Arlene’s dad was an Oakland, California police officer who was killed in the line of duty in 1981.
As a self-taught home builder with a previous career in finance and computer programming, Scott Herndon built his own home in Idaho in 2005, acquiring skills which he developed into a full-time career as owner and operator of Scott Herndon Homes. In short order, it became a great success and a primary contributor to Bonner County’s booming housing market. A true family-values conservative, Scott’s sons help him with the family business.
As a Christian, a husband, and a father of eight, Scott believes in preserving and protecting human life. He has followed this in word and deed as an active Abortion Abolitionist and Pro-Gun advocate.
Scott has served his community for 5 years as a Bonner County jail chaplain and is now chairman of the Bonner County Republican Central Committee.
Scott was first elected to the Idaho Senate for District 1 in November 2022. Scott carried 12 pieces of legislation in his first session in 2023, and 8 of his bills received either unanimous, bi-partisan support or unanimous Republican support and were signed into law. Senator Herndon is a founding member of the Idaho Freedom Caucus. He was also the top rated conservative legislator in the 2023 Idaho legislative session based on the ratings of bills by the Idaho Freedom Foundation.
Married for 26 years to Arlene, Scott has resided near Sandpoint for almost 20 years. In his spare time, Scott enjoys the beautiful outdoors of the Gem State, boating on Lake Pend Oreille, and building a new workshop on his property. His five daughters all still live on the family farm, milking the family’s two milk cows and raising chickens and pigs. They are also talented musicians who have just started to publish their music online, and they run their own cleaning business.
Scott Herndon's Values
- Imago Dei – All human beings are individually created in God’s image. Scott soundly rejects secular humanism, collectivism, and the supremacy of one group of people over another, such as white supremacists, socialists, communists, and practitioners of identity politics (politics based on race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social background, social class).
- Right to Life – Individual human life is sacred. Every human being is inherently valuable, and humans are unique among all the creatures on the earth.
- Liberty – Individual liberty is the cornerstone of our republic, which we must defend with our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
- Individual Rights – Liberty is upheld by certain rights, in particular (but not limited to): freedom of speech, a free press, freedom of assembly and association, freedom in religion, the right to bear arms, the right to due process, the right to acquire and own property, and the right to engage in the pursuit of happiness.
- American Exceptionalism – The United States of America was founded on principles endowed by our Creator.
- The Constitution – We have been gifted a nation built upon law based in the United States Constitution, which must be interpreted and implemented as it was originally intended by our founders. The amendments should be interpreted in their original context.
- Justice – The Constitution and Bill of Rights was designed to enshrine and protect sacred rights to be equally administered, free of judicial activism and preferential treatment.
- Marriage – The union of one man and one woman is the cornerstone of family, community, and nation. The traditional family is the first and best form of human government.
- Personal Responsibility – We must accept the responsibility of self-governance and accept our own successes and failures.
- State’s Rights – Our republic consists of a union of individual States to protect against the potential overreach of a federal government, and the authority of a centralized federal government should therefore be limited and constrained by the several states. The Idaho Constitution is the basis for the rule of law in state matters.
- Fiscal Responsibility – Government at all levels should adhere to the principles of low taxation, maintaining a balanced budget, and opposing pork barrel spending so as not to infringe upon the liberty of individuals.