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Lin Whitworth (D)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 12/28/1933 (Inkom, ID)
Race: White
Religion: n/a
Residence: Pocatello, ID
Occupation: Former State Senator
Office Type: U.S. House -- Idaho District 2 

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Lin Whitworth was born in Inkom, Idaho, during the Great Depression. While still young, Whitworth says he learned the value of hard work, and by age 14 he and his eight brothers and sisters were helping the family make ends meet.

When he turned 18, he got a job as a railroad worker and joined the union. The job was seasonal and Whitworth also worked as a carpenter, plumber, truck driver, farm laborer and construction worker.

When he became a full-time employee for the Union Pacific Railroad, Whitworth developed a keen interest in both politicsand union affairs, serving as a local chairman and later as legislative representative for the trainmen's union.

He served in the Idaho State Senate from 1994 through 2001. An avid fisherman and hunter, Whitworth is a lifelong third-generation Idaho resident.

Whitworth and his wife, Carol, have seven children, 40 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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Lin Whitworth's political career began in 1994 when he defeated Republican Karen McGee to win a state senate seat. He won with 54.4 percent of the general election. He did not have serious political opponents in subsequent primary or general elections until he announced his resignation in 2000.

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