Andy Hawes, 45, is a member of a Pioneer family with deep roots both in Boise and in Idaho. His great-great-great grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Hawes, was a well-known pioneer who came to the Boise area in 1864. Andy is the grandson of Rodney Hawes, Sr., who served as editor and publisher of the weekly newspaper "The Owyhee Nugget" for 47 years.
Andy was raised on the Boise bench. He graduated from Boise High in 1988. As a teenager he was a member of the Chamber's Youth Leadership Boise program. Andy graduated with Honors in Political Science from the University of Denver in 1992 and received his J.D. from the University of Idaho College Of Law in December 1994. He served as a Commissioner of the Idaho State Bar from 2005 through 2008. He became President in 2008. He was one of the youngest to serve as President in the history of the Bar and traveled extensively around Idaho during his term. In 2005 the Idaho Business Review named Andy as one of the "Top 40 Under 40" in Boise.
Andy is a long supporter of Boise High School and is currently serving on school's Hall of Fame Committee. In the late 1990’s he founded the group, "Citizens for the Renovation of Boise High," which successfully lobbied the Boise School District to renovate Boise High rather than demolishing it and building a new school at a different location.
Andy currently serves General Counsel for Western Pacific Timber, LLC which is headquartered in downtown Boise. He married Gretchen Christie of Troy, Idaho on January 1, 1995. They have two children Audrey (North Junior High) and Greta (Longfellow). Andy enjoys hiking in the Boise foothills as well as watching his children play soccer. You can learn more about Andy here: http://hawes4boise.com/