Cherie Buckner-Webb

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Cherie Buckner-Webb
Member of the Idaho Senate
from the 19th district
Assumed office
December 2012
Preceded by Nicole LeFavour
Member of the Idaho House of Representatives
from the 19A district
In office
December 2010 – December 2012
Preceded by Anne Pasley-Stuart
Succeeded by Mat Erpelding
Personal details
Born (1951-10-20) October 20, 1951 (age 64)
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater George Fox University
Northwest Nazarene University
Website Campaign website

Cherie Buckner-Webb (born October 29, 1951)[1] is a Democratic politician from Boise, Idaho. In 2010 Buckner-Webb was elected to a single term in the Idaho House of Representatives representing the north Boise-based District 19.[2] In 2012 Buckner-Webb won the district's Idaho Senate seat, succeeding the retiring Nicole LeFavour.[3] She is Idaho's first elected African-American state legislator, and its first African-American woman legislator.

Upon taking office in the Idaho Senate Buckner-Webb was elected Democratic caucus chair.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Buckner-Webb earned her bachelor's degree from George Fox University and her master's degree in social work from Northwest Nazarene University.


  • 2012 Unopposed for the May 15, 2012, Democratic primary, Buckner-Webb won with 2,473 votes. She faced Republican challenger Paul Nelson O'Leary in the November 6, 2012, general election,[5] defeating him by a 70-30 margin.[3]
  • 2010 When three-term Democratic Representative Anne Pasley-Stuart left the seat open, Buckner-Webb won the three-way 25 May, 2010, Democratic primary with 2,158 votes (78.4%) against David Cadwell and J. Dallas Gudgell.[6] Buckner-Webb made state history, however, when she won the November 2, 2010, general election with 10,196 votes (68.4%) against Jim Morland,[7] becoming Idaho's first elected African American state legislator, and its first African American woman legislator.[8]


  1. ^ "House Membership: Cherie Buckner-Webb". Boise, Idaho: Idaho Legislature. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Representative Cherie Buckner-Webb's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b 2012 - General Election Statewide Totals (accessed 8 November 2012)
  4. ^ "Idaho House Republicans oust Speaker Denney in a rare coup for a tradition-bound body" Idaho Statesman, December 6, 2012 (accessed 6 December 2012).
  5. ^ Ysursa, Ben. "May 15, 2012 Primary Election Results". Boise, Idaho: Secretary of State of Idaho. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ Ysursa, Ben. "May 25, 2010 Primary Election Results". Boise, Idaho: Secretary of State of Idaho. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ Ysursa, Ben. "November 2, 2010 General Election Results". Boise, Idaho: Secretary of State of Idaho. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ Madsen, Roger B. (January 15, 2011). "Roger B. Madsen Remarks: Martin Luther King Day Ceremonies". Idaho Department of Labor. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 

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