Idaho State Senators


Cherie Buckner-Webb

Senate Assistant Minority Leader

Cherie Buckner- Webb has served one term, House 2010-2012; born in Boise, Idaho; bachelor’s degree in management and organizational leadership, George Fox University; master’s degree in social work, Northwest Nazarene University; board member of numerous community organizations; received the 2010 Community Hero award from Boise State University; Excellence in the Arts award; Idaho Governor’s Award in the Arts; the Jefferson Award for public service; 2012 NAACP Heritage Hall of Fame award; American Mothers Inc., 2012 Idaho Mother of Distinction and 2013 Idaho Mother of the Year; Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award – A Legacy of Building Peace; Hewlett Packard Award for Distinguished Leadership in Human Rights; United Nations Human Rights Award; spouse: Henry; two sons; one granddaughter.
She is the Senate Assistant Minority Leader. Serves on Education, State Affairs, and Transportation Committees.

Grant Burgoyne

Grant Burgoyne has served three terms, House 2008-2014; born August 9, 1953, in Ketchikan, Alaska; attorney, mediator, and arbitrator; B.A. in history from University of Idaho; J.D. from University of Kansas School of Law; adjunct professor of Human Resources Law at Boise State University, 2002-2007; co-author “Idaho Employment Policies Handbook” (Idaho Law Foundation, 1998; rev. ed. 2001, 2012); recognized as one of Idaho’s top 100 trial lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers in 2012; Ada County Democratic Chair, 1991-1994; Democratic National Committee, 2004-2008; hobby: music; spouse: Christy (39 years); two daughters; three grandchildren.
He serves on the Commerce & Human Resources, Judiciary & Rules, and Local Government & Taxation.

Leader. Serves on Education, State Affairs, and Transportation Committees.


Michelle Stennett

Senate Minority Leader

Michelle Stennett has B.A. in international relations-environmental studies and B.A. in romance languages, University of Oregon; Certificat d’Etudes, Universite de Potiers, France; Legislative Energy Horizon Institute Certificate, University of Idaho; Certificate of Appreciation from the American Legion; Certificate Fire Ops 101; Certificate of Graduation, Western Legislative Academy for Council of State Governments-West; Conservation Voters Legislator Award; Pacific Northwest Economic Region Certificate for the Idaho Council; Dottie Stimpson Award.

She is the Senate Minority Leader. Serves on the Resources & Environment and State Affairs Committees.


Janie Ward-Engelking

Janie Ward-Engelking was born in Caldwell, Idaho; attended Whittier College; B.S. from Idaho State University; master’s degree from Boise State University; classroom teacher for 33 years; active community member, trainer and facilitator for College of Western Idaho; spouse: Kay Frank Engelking.

She serves on the Finance, Education, and Commerce & Human Resources Committees.


Mark Nye

Mark Nye served 2 terms, House 2014-2016; graduate of Pocatello High School, Harvard University, and University of Idaho College of Law; past president, Idaho State Bar; National Board of Governors, American Bar Association; former Commissioner, Idaho Centennial Commission; past member, Law Advisory Committee, U of I; board member, Idaho Community Foundation; board member, Andrus Center, BSU; past chair, ISU Foundation; spouse: Eva; four children; four grandchildren.

He sits on the Senate Finance, Judiciary & Rules, and Local Government & Taxation Committees.


Maryanne Jordan

Senate Minority Caucus Chair

Maryanne Jordan was appointed March 2015, to fill a Senate vacancy in District 17; bachelor’s degree in political science, San Jose State University, President of the Boise City Council; retired small business owner; spouse: Rocky; two children; five grandchildren.

She is the Senate Minority Caucus Chair. Serves on the Agricultural Affairs, Health & Welfare, and Resources & Environment Committees.