Despite being brutishly uninformed and blissfully unaware of his own shortcomings, Jeff Malmen has nonetheless spent the last 32 years working in Idaho politics both here and in the swamp we call the nation’s capital. This feat is due in large part to the generosity of spirit and compassion of his employers. These benevolent people include former Senator Steve Symms, Senator Larry Craig, Governor Phil Batt, Governor Dirk Kempthorne, Congressman Butch Otter, Governor Butch Otter, and the leadership team of Idaho Power.
He is a veteran of campaigns and official offices, having served as gofer, legislative aide, Chief of staff, whipping boy, executive director of the state republican party, administrator of the Idaho Division of Financial Management, and every hack job in between. In December of 2007, Governor Otter finally unloaded Mr. Malmen on the state’s largest electric utility where he serves as the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs but, in reality, only counts paper clips. His story is truly the living embodiment of the Peter Principle.
He and his wife, who, incidentally, is much too good for him, recently celebrated the 16th anniversary of their marriage. They have two boys, Connor and Liam – fifteen and thirteen years of age, respectively. Fortunately, both offspring take after their mother.