Carlos Bilbao, who has represented Gem County for eight years as a Republican member of the House of Representatives, announced he will run for the position of Idaho District 8 senator. Bilbao has served Gem County since 2004. He was re-elected in November of 2010 and his term expires in 2012.

Bilbao stated:

My focus is on the basic values that pertain to all the citizens of Idaho. I am a fiscal conservative, prolife and believe in limited government. I am for local control (state, county and city) where we as citizens can determine our lives.

I served my country in the military for 19 years in war and peace. I defended our country and the Constitution of the United States.

I have been married to my wife, Nancy, for 55 years, have two children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. As you can see, family values are important to me.