BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Democratic Party today announced that U.S. Sen. John Fetterman will keynote the Frank and Bethine Church Gala on Saturday, March 9 in Boise.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sen. Fetterman to Idaho,” said Idaho Democratic Party Chair Lauren Necochea. “His 2022 victory is a testament to what can be accomplished when Democrats invest and compete everywhere. John exemplifies the independent spirit, bold leadership, and commitment to working families that resonate with Idahoans.”

“I ran on a slogan of ‘every county, every vote’ because I think it’s important for Democrats to go everywhere and talk to everyone,” said Sen. John Fetterman. “We need to be making our case to voters in every part of the state and every part of the county – that’s how Democrats can still win in rural areas. That doesn’t mean we’re going to turn a state like Idaho blue, but politics is about addition, not subtraction – and margins matter. I’m honored to have the opportunity to talk to Idaho Democrats about what’s at stake in 2024.”  

In 2005, while Fetterman was teaching GED classes, he was encouraged by his students to run for mayor of Braddock. In his 13 years as mayor, Fetterman worked to rebuild his community, create jobs, stop gun violence, engage youth, and bring creative urban policy solutions to Braddock. In 2018, Fetterman was elected as Pennsylvania’s Lt. Governor, and transformed the position into a bully pulpit, advocating for marijuana legalization, economic justice, equal protection for the LGBTQ+ community, and criminal justice reform.

He was elected the junior Senator from Pennsylvania in November 2022 and was sworn in on Jan. 3, 2023. John and his wife Gisele live with their children, Karl, Gracie, and August in a restored car dealership in Braddock with the family dogs, Levi and Artie.

Now entering its thirtieth year, the Frank and Bethine Church Gala is the premier social event for Idaho Democrats. Hundreds of Democrats from every corner of Idaho will gather for an evening of celebration and support. 

 Tickets for the Frank & Bethine Church Gala can be purchased at


For more information or interview requests, contact:
Avery Roberts, Communications Director for the Idaho Democratic Party
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