The Idaho Legislature consists of 35 State Senators and 70 State Representatives. There are 35 Legislative Districts, each elect one senator and two representatives. Legislative district lines are drawn following the U.S. Census and will be redrawn in 2021. If you don’t know what district you live in, find out below.
The Idaho Legislature convenes annually in January and usually lasts through mid-March. The Governor can convene special sessions at any time. Legislative Committee hearings and floor proceedings are streamed live during the session here.
Breaking the Republican supermajority of the Idaho Legislature is a primary goal of the Idaho Democratic Party, and it is an achievable one. There are 7 Democrats serving in the Idaho Senate and 12 serving in the House of Representatives. With your help we can flip the remaining 5 and 12 seats respectively by building a campaign infrastructure that provides our candidates with the resources they need to win. For the first time, the Idaho Democratic Party has implemented a full-time year-round voter contact and messaging effort that opens new offices around the state in places we can win.
Democratic State Senators
SENATE MINORITY LEADER
- Idaho District 26
- 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
- Idaho District 19
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.
Democratic State Representatives
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.
HOUSE ASST. MINORITY LEADER
Fourth-generation Idahoan; graduate of Boise High School; undergraduate at Pomona College with a B.A. in economics; Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University; Idaho Next Generation Leadership, board chair; Fulbright Fellow; Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Leadership Institute for State-Based Advocates, fellow (2014-2016); idaho Business Review Accomplished 40 Under 40, honoree (2014); Idaho Business Review Women of the Year, honoree (2014); Environmental Leadership Program, fellow (2009); married; two children.
HOUSE CAUCUS CHAIR
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho; graduate of West Point (1993) and the University of Idaho College of Law (2001); partner, Ruchti and Beck Law Offices; U.S. Army military intelligence officer (1993-1998); past president, Idaho Trial Lawyers Association; past member, Law Advisory Committee for the University of Idaho College of Law; spouse: Wendy; children: Spencer and Drew.
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.
Graduate of Boise State University with B.S. in criminal justice administration – McNair Scholar and student body president; U.S. Coast Guard veteran – top secret clearance, Arctic Service Medal, and two Antarctic Service Medals; former chief academic officer for the Idaho State Board of Education; former U.S. Senate law clerk; recipient of multiple civilian awards, including the Governor’s Commendation for Distinguished Public Service and Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished 40 Under 40; past and present volunteerism includes Boise State’s School of Public Service Advisory Council and the Ada County Veterans Treatment Court; author of multiple articles about incident management and emergency preparedness in Idaho; spouse: Katie; two young children.
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.
Graduate of Concordia University School of Law and Weber State University; estate planning attorney in Meridian, Idaho; spouse: Hailey, educator; two children.