Young Dem Weekly Spotlight: Luke Henken

Young Dem Weekly Spotlight: Luke Henken

January 21, 2018

Each week, we nominate a Young Dem in Idaho for our weekly spotlight. Our goal is to increase involvement and highlight the hard work of amazing Young Dems in our state. To nominate someone for Young Dem of the Week, please email us at

Our Young Dem of the Week for the week of January 22, 2018, is Idaho Young Democrats Development Director Luke Henken. Luke was born and raised in Boise. After going to school in Washington state, he decided to come home and get involved. Currently, Luke works at Vasca.

Question 1: What made you want to get involved in politics? What was your first political experience like?
Luke: People are successful when they are given the support they need to take advantage of opportunities. Government can play an important role in helping build that foundation, while respecting personal freedom. I would like to help create a system that builds this foundation and gives people the freedom they need to succeed. My first political experience was working as an intern in the District Office of Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA). It was a great introduction to politics and an amazing learning opportunity thanks to great staff in the office.

Question 2: What is one thing you were surprised to learn when you first got involved?
Luke: It was less of a surprise and more of a confirmation: the number and diversity of people who are passionate, involved and willing to help make a difference.

Question 3: Who is/was your greatest political inspiration? Why?
Luke: Frank Church – because he was true to himself, his beliefs, and his state.

Question 4: What words of wisdom would you give to young people?
Luke: Hope never dies.

Question 5: What issues are you most passionate about?
Luke: Economic opportunity, equal protection under the law, personal freedom, and public lands.

Question 6: What would you like to see happen in Idaho politics this year?
Luke: I would like to see more people running regardless of their opinions so people have more options when they go to vote.

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