Chad Houck is currently the Chief Deputy Secretary of State for Idaho and is running for the office of Secretary of State in May 2022. Prior to working with the Secretary of State’s office, Chad was a private consultant advising in operational and process improvements in the IT and commerce space. Now entering his seventh year at the IDSOS, he oversees the Elections, IT, and Corporate divisions of the Office of the Secretary of State and is responsible for the management of both the Secretary of State’s state appropriated budget and of the IDSOS Federal Grants Programs. He has served on the Idaho Governor’s Cybersecurity Task Force, and has assisted in the development and execution of both virtual and in-person elections cybersecurity tabletop training exercises (TTXs) in partnership with both state and federal agency collaborators including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Boise State University, Harvard University, and the Idaho Office of Emergency Management. In addition to helping create an Elections Cybersecurity Center for Excellence at Boise State University, Mr. Houck has expanded his contributions in the elections space through participation as a panelist and guest speaker at multiple elections security conferences and forums, and is a current Master’s candidate with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School, anticipating completion of his thesis on “Combatting the Erosion of Voter Confidence in Elections” in September of 2021.
Mr. Houck is a four-year member of the Idaho Land Board staff, where he is responsible for briefing and advising Secretary Lawerence Denney on all pertinent Land Board issues, serves as a member of the IDEAL Idaho 529 College Savings Plan Board, and sits on the Access Idaho Steering Committee on behalf of the Office of the Secretary.
Personally, Chad and his wife Amy celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in September of 2020, and met in Sun Valley where Chad was a ski instructor and Amy a hairstylist in the late 90’s. They’ve been a part of the Boise valley, living in Boise, Meridian, and now Eagle, for a total of over 15 years, outside of a short 3-year stay in Texas and two years travelling full time in an RV with their children doing ministry work. Their youngest daughter passed in 2013 due to epilepsy at the age of 3, and their oldest two currently attend Eagle High School, where Chad coached girl’s soccer in 2017-18.