Fredrick Leslie Wood III had honorably served as a member of the Idaho House of Representatives since 2006. Wood served as chair of the Health and Welfare Committee until his retirement from office at the end of the 2022 Legislative session. Representative Wood’s impressive policy track record has created real change for Idaho’s children. For this reason, he was chosen as ICAP Primary Legislator in April of 2021.
Recipients of this honor are legislators who put children first, and he clearly has accomplished much on behalf of children. His 2021 Kids Matter Index (KMI) score was 100%, he was a strong supporter of Medicaid expansion, education and early learning funding, he co-sponsored legislation to get hearing aids to children, and he advocated to keep children safe in schools.
Representative Wood was raised in Homedale, Idaho, and after his education and military service, moved to Burley in 1977 where he was a practicing physician. When long-time legislator and former Speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives Bruce Newcomb decided to not seek reelection in 2006, Wood entered a four-way race for the Republican nomination which he won. He has run unopposed each term since. He lives in Burley with his amazing wife Amy, and has four children.
- Georgia Military Academy 1964
- Tulane University, BS 1968
- Tulane University, MD 1972
- Maricopa County Hospital, Internship, 1972-1973
- US Air Force 1973-1976
- Practiced primary care and emergency medicine from 1977-2005 in Burley, ID
- Medical Director, Cassia Regional Medical Center, 2006 - 2013
- Member, Idaho Fish and Game Commission 1996-2004
- Idaho House of Representatives 2006 – 2022.
Committees: Health and Welfare chair, Resources and Conservation
- National Rifle Association
- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
- Ducks Unlimited
- Wild Sheep Foundation