House Minority Leader
Ilana Rubel was born in 1972; graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D. 1997) and Georgetown University (B.A. in American government and English 1994); partner in the Boise office of Fenwick & West, one of the nation’s premier law firms focusing on technology clients; served on Board of Directors of Bogus Basin HOA since 2009; spouse: John; children: Andrew, Claire, Thomas and Evan.
Rep. Rubel is the Assistant Minority Leader.
House Asst. Minority Leader
Committees: Judiciary, Rules and Administration; Local Government; Education
John McCrostie is a 1988 salutatorian from Mountain Home High School; B.M.E. in music education from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK; M.S. in instructional and performance technology from Boise State University; J.D. from Concordia University School of Law; named as a 2013 Top Political Activist by National Education Association; 2014 Community Catalyst Award, Fund for Idaho; 2015 Jose Julio Sarria Civil Rights Award, International Imperial Court System; husband: Dave Navarro.
Committees: Appropriations; Judiciary, Rules and Administration; Transportation and Defense
Melissa Wintrow was born in Troy, Ohio; B.A. in English literature from Miami University; M.Ed. in higher education from University of Georgia; 25 years’ higher education experience in curriculum design, instruction, program development, and leadership; past President of Boise State’s Professional Staff Senate; Project Manager, NEW (National Education for Women) Leadership Idaho; received Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished Under 40 Award.
Committees: local government, resources & conservation, revenue & taxation
Lauren Necochea was born and raised in Boise’s 19th District, where she and her husband have chosen to raise their two daughters. She was appointed by Gov. Brad Little in December 2019 to replace former Minority Leader Mat Erpelding’s seat in District 19. Previously, she was the Director of the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy. Lauren spent eight years building coalitions, talking with Idahoans across the state, and advocating on a range of issues, including health care, education, child well-being, and fiscal policy before being appointed to the Idaho Legislature.
Committees: Commerce & Human Resources Committee; Health and Welfare; Environment, Energy & Technology
Sue Chew was born in Oakland, CA; bachelor’s degree in biology and natural resources, UC Berkeley; Pharm.D., UC San Francisco; professor; 2003 Women Making History Award; 2006 Cultural Center Service Award; 2013 Outstanding Legislative Advocacy Achievement Award, Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health; 2014 Idaho Democratic Party Legislator of the Year.
Committees: Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee; State Affairs; Transportation and Defense
John Gannon has served 1 term, House 1990-1992; served in House since 2012; born in Ross, California; graduate UC Davis, Hastings College of Law and USAR JAG School; Director, New York Irrigation District 1989-1990 and Boise Project Board of Control 1990; member Boise School District Facilities Steering Committee 2006 and various community organizations; spouse: Bev; two children.
Committees: Agricultural Affairs; Appropriations; Resources and Conservation
Sally Toone is the Representative from District 26 and newest member of the Idaho Democratic Caucus.Graduate of University of Idaho in education; Gooding resident for 45 years; own and operate family farms and cattle ranches in Gooding and Camas counties with husband; 37-year career as math teacher in two local districts plus the College of Southern Idaho; State of Idaho Mentor/Teacher of the Year (2012); consulted with Boise State University mentoring students in Idaho Leads Project; spouse: Mark; children: Cliff and Steven.
Committees: Health and Welfare; Judiciary, Rules and Administrations; Transportation and Defense
Muffy Davis is a Sun Valley native, Paralympic athlete, mother and a person with a disability. As a mother of a young daughter, she is passionate about education and wants to bring Idaho education to a new level. She believes every family should have access to quality, affordable health care and that Idaho public lands need to stay in public hands.
Committees: Environment, Energy and Technology; Resources and Conservation; Revenue and Taxation
Rob Mason represents District 16 in the Idaho legislature. He has worked in Idaho for the past decade and moved to Boise in 2013. Rep. Mason works for The Wilderness Society where he has tirelessly advocated to protect our public lands from privatization and to ensure that our world-class public lands remain public. He and his wife Gwen live in the Sunset neighborhood with their dog Bell.
Committees: Agricultural Affairs; Commerce and Human Resources; Education
Rep. Abernathy is serving the people of Idaho’s 29th district in the Idaho Legislature. For 23 years he has dedicated his life to workers’ unions and those who need their services. Having grown up in Pocatello, Rep. Abernathy believes the people of Bannock County need to be represented by a blue-collar worker who understands the needs of the people.
Committees: Business; Education; Local Government
Steve Berch has lived and worked in West Boise’s District 15 for 35 years. In May of 2013, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Greater Boise Auditorium District. Steve held many leadership positions during his 30+ year association with Hewlett Packard here in Boise. He also works under contract for larger companies. Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Albany and an MBA in Information Systems from the University of Minnesota.
Committees: Commerce and Human Resources; Environment, Energy and Technology; Revenue and Taxation
Rep. Jake Ellis has lived in Idaho most of his life, and studied Communication at Idaho State University, paying his way by fighting wildland fires for the Bureau of Land Management until the Boise Fire Department offered me a job, where he worked for 27 years. After retiring in 2014 I was invited to join the boards of Conservation Voters of Idaho and of the Idaho AFL-CIO, an association of labor unions.
Committees: Business; Local Government; State Affairs
Brooke and her husband Jeremy settled in District 18 following Jeremy’s service in the United States Army and 2008 tour in Iraq. Brooke is a strong advocate for conservation and open space, which is evident through her continued commitment serving as the chair of the City of Boise Open Space and Clean Water advisory committee, in addition to her past participation on the Board of the Land Trust of Treasure Valley. Brooke holds a Master of Business Administration from Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) and two Bachelor degrees in Communication, and Marketing Technology from Boise State University (BSU). Brooke is a graduate of Leadership Boise, and 2013 Chair of Boise Young Professionals.