Idaho State Senators


Cherie Buckner-Webb

Senate Assistant Minority Leader

Committees: Education; State Affairs; Transportation
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.

Grant Burgoyne

Committees: Commerce and Human Resources; Judiciary and Rules; Local Government and Taxation

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.


Michelle Stennett

Senate Minority Leader

Committees: Resources and 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.

She is the Senate Minority Leader.


Janie Ward-Engelking

Committees: Commerce and 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.


Mark Nye

Committees: Finance; Judiciary and Rules; Local Government and Taxation

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.


Maryanne Jordan

Senate Minority Caucus Chair

Committees: Agricultural Affairs; Health and Welfare; Resources and Environment

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.

David Nelson

Committees: Agricultural Affairs; Health and Welfare; 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.