Elliot Werk

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Elliot Werk
Member of the Idaho Senate
from District 17
In office
December 1, 2002 – February 17, 2015
Preceded byGrant Ipsen
Succeeded byMaryanne Jordan
Personal details
Born (1957-04-16) April 16, 1957 (age 62)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceBoise, Idaho
Alma materSonoma State University,
University of Arizona
Professionbusiness owner, geologist

Elliot Werk (born April 16, 1957) is a Democratic politician from Boise, Idaho in the United States. From 2002 until 2015 he served as the Idaho State Senator from District 17, which is based in the Boise Bench neighborhood.

Werk was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and emigrated to the United States when he was seven years old. He became a naturalized United States citizen while in college. After living in various locations throughout the United States, Werk moved to Idaho in the late 1990s with his family.[1]

Werk was elected to the Idaho Senate in 2002, defeating Republican incumbent Grant R. Ipsen and Libertarian candidate David H. Slack.[2] He was reelected to a sixth term in 2012 by a nearly 2-1 margin.[3]

In January 2009 Werk succeeded Kate Kelly as assistant minority leader in the Idaho Senate. Kelly in turn became minority leader succeeding Clint Stennett, who battled brain cancer during the 2009 and 2010 sessions and died in October 2010.[4]

In February 2015 Werk resigned from the Idaho Senate to take a position on the Idaho State Tax Commission.[5] He was succeeded by Boise City Council president Maryanne Jordan.[6]


  1. ^ "Senator Werk - Biography". Archived from the original on 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
  2. ^ "General Election Results - Legislative Totals". November 5, 2002. Archived from the original on 2012-05-01. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
  3. ^ "2012 General Election - Legislative Candidate Totals". November 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-14.
  4. ^ "Boise Democrat elected Senate minority leader". 2009-08-15. Archived from the original on 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
  5. ^ "Governor appoints Sen. Elliot Werk to state tax commission", Idaho Statesman, February 17, 2015. (accessed 17 February 2015)
  6. ^ Berg, Sven. "Idaho Legislative Notebook", Idaho Statesman, March 7, 2015. (accessed 8 March 2015)

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