Madison County, Idaho

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Madison County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2000 Census the county had a population of 27,467 (2008 estimate: 37,456).[1] The county seat and largest city is Rexburg.[2] Madison County is part of the Rexburg, ID, Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

The area was originally settled by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Before January 1, 1914, the county was part of neighboring Fremont County. The newly established county was named for American president James Madison.[3] BYU Idaho, formerly Ricks College (named after early local LDS settler Thomas Edwin Ricks) is located here. Madison County was declared a national disaster area after the Teton Dam flood of June 5, 1976.

Government and politics

Similar to other Idaho counties, an elected three-member county commission heads the county government. Other elected officials include clerk, treasurer, sheriff, assessor, coroner, and prosecutor.[4]

With a strongly conservative and Mormon population, Madison County is one of the most staunchly Republican counties in the United States. Since 1980 no Republican presidential candidate has failed to carry the county with less than 59 percent of the vote. In that same period Republican presidential candidates polled more than 90 percent of the county's vote on two occasions, Ronald Reagan in 1984[5] and George W. Bush in 2004.[6] John McCain came close to this level in 2008, drawing 85 percent of the vote.[7]

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