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Rebecca L. Noah Casper
Mayor, City of Idaho Falls
Rebecca Casper was re-elected to a second term as Mayor of Idaho Falls in a citywide election in November 2017. Idaho Falls is a city of roughly 63,000 located on the banks of Idaho’s Snake River. Idaho Falls is the largest city east of Idaho’s capitol and it follows the strong mayor model. With six enterprise funds and utilities and an annual budget of approximately $230 million dollars, Idaho Falls one of the most complex cities in the state.
Prior to her election, Mayor Casper taught university level courses in American government and state and local governance. She earned her BA and MA degrees from BYU, in Provo, Utah, and a Ph.D. in political Science from UC-Berkeley. Before that, she worked as a research associate at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C.
At the state level, Mayor Casper serves as a Director for the Association of Idaho Cities and is a member of Idaho’s LINE Commission charged with promoting nuclear energy opportunities for Idaho. She also serves on the Regence Blue Shield of Idaho Board. In 2016 and in 2020, she received the Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year Award.
Nationally, Mayor Casper serves as a Board Director and Officer for the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) advocating for Eastern Idaho’s energy and environmental clean-up interests. In 2016, Mayor Casper was selected as a participant in Governing Magazine’s Women in Government Leadership Program.
In the community and Eastern Idaho region, Mayor Casper serves on numerous boards and commissions.
Rebecca has raised four children. All are pursuing higher education—two in undergraduate programs and two are pursuing graduate studies. They enjoy cooking, eating, debating, teasing each other, and solving the world’s problems in the wee hours.