Idaho State Senators

Michelle Stennett

SENATE MINORITY LEADER

  • Idaho District 26
  • Committees:
    • Resources & Environment
    • State Affairs

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.

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Grant Burgoyne

SENATE ASSISTANT MINORITY LEADER

  • Idaho District 16
  • Committees:
    • Commerce & Human Resources
    • Judiciary & Rules
    • State Affairs

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.

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Janie Ward-Engelking

SENATE MINORITY CAUCUS CHAIR

  • Idaho District 18
  • Committees:
    • Commerce & Human Resources
    • Education
    • Finance

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.

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Mark Nye

  • Idaho District 29
  • Committees:
    • Finance
    • Local Government and Taxation
    • Resources and Environment

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.

ALI RABE

  • Idaho District 17
  • Committees:
    • Agricultural Affairs
    • Health and Welfare
    • Local Government and Taxation

Born in Boise and raised in Middleton; graduate of The College of Idaho, B.A. in political economics, summa cum laude; graduate of William & Mary Law School, J.D., cum laude; member of the Idaho State Bar; executive director of Jesse Tree, a Treasure Valley nonprofit dedicated to preventing eviction and homelessness; board of trustees member at The College of Idaho; former staff attorney for Bay Area communities addressing homelessness; served as asylum and refugee officer for the Department of Homeland Security, covering details on the U.S.-Mexico border, Turkey, El Salvador, and in multiple U.S. locations; worked for international nonprofit organizations in Cambodia and Sierra Leone on protecting communities’ agricultural land rights; 2012 Boren Fellow; avid runner, gardener, and reader, and loving dog owner.

David Nelson

  • Idaho District 5
  • Committees:
    • Agricultural Affairs
    • Education
    • Transportation

David Nelson is a fourth-generation Idahoan who grew up on a Genesee wheat ranch. A graduate of the University of Idaho, Nelson left Idaho to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry writing software that helps companies manage their energy more efficiently. In the last 10 years, he has worked as a Democratic County and Legislative district chair, recruiting candidates and coordinating the party’s operations. He helped recruit and elect Senator Dan Schmidt, Representative Paulette Jordan, Latah County Commission Tom Lamar, and Latah County Clerk Henrianne Westberg. David lives in Moscow with his wife Nancy Nelson. They have two daughters who graduated from Moscow High School. His favorite recreation is rafting Idaho’s rivers.

MELISSA WINTROW

    • Idaho District 19
    • Committees:
      • Health and Welfare
      • Judiciary and Rules
      • Transportation

    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.