Rex receiving his Doctorate from Kansas State University
Rex and his son Jake on Tablerock Mountain 2001
Rex was born January 2, 1961 in Tetonia, Idaho, a small rural town near Yellowstone
National Park and the Teton Peaks Mountain Range. Home to the Rammell family since
1898, Teton County, was the ideal place for a boy to grow up and develop a love
for the outdoors. Rex’s father and grandfather taught him the skill of hunting and
fishing, a tradition the Rammells valued above all others. As a young boy and then
to manhood Rex either had a fishing pole or a rifle in his hands.
Rodeo has also been a love of Rex’s since he was a boy. When they were old enough,
Rex and his younger brother Gary, learned how to ride roping calves. During the
summers through high school Rex and his brother had their own business cutting post
and poles in the mountains. They worked all week and then rode bulls on the weekends.
They continued to ride bulls into their twenties and Rex even became an accomplished
bull fighter. He is still a big fan of the sport today.
Following high school Rex served a two year mission for the LDS church in Tokyo,
Japan. Upon his return he married his high school sweetheart, Lynda in 1983. The
two made their plans around Rex becoming a Veterinarian and Lynda a teacher. They
both received Bachelor degrees from the University of Idaho. From there it was on
to Kansas State University where Rex received a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine
in 1989. He was honored as Cum Laude for his academic achievement. Following graduation
Rex and Lynda bought a Veterinary Clinic in Idaho Falls, Idaho where Rex practiced
In 1994, Rex decided to try his hand at elk ranching. He enjoyed raising elk so much that he sold his veterinary practice and
made ranching his full time occupation. In 1995, while Lynda and the kids watched
after the elk during the week, Rex went to Utah State University and received a
Masters degree. From 1994 to 2007 the Rammells owned and operated a successful elk
ranching business. Tragedy struck the fall of 2006 when over 100 head of elk escaped
their private ranch. Capturing the elk proved to be a difficult task, but with family
and friends about 40 were rounded up within a couple of weeks. Disaster then hit
when then governor, Jim Risch, signed an executive order allowing the Idaho Fish
and Game to kill or scatter the remaining elk. Please see the video below for the
Rex was disheartened by the government’s killing of his elk, so he sold what remained
along with the ranch. He requested compensation for the elk, but was denied in violation
of his 5th Amendment Rights to compensation when the government takes ones property.
Angered at the treatment he received, Rex filed a lawsuit against the Idaho Fish
and Game and Jim Risch for illegally killing and taking his elk. The outcome of
the lawsuit will be decided by the Supreme Court of Idaho in 2012. Meanwhile, the
atrocity committed by the government convinced Rex to take action and propelled
him into politics. In 2010 he ran to be the Governor of Idaho. He came in a respectable
2nd place in the republican primary with over 42,000 votes.
Rex and Lynda have four children. Mandy their oldest represented Idaho in 2003 and
2007 as Miss Idaho Teen USA and Miss Idaho USA. Their son, Jake, is attending the
University of Utah and is power lifter. Alexis is a mom in Utah and Jessica, their
youngest, is a hostess at Olive Garden. Lynda is a 5th grade teacher and in 2004 was
honored as 'Teacher of The Year.'