Idaho Senate

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Idaho State Senate
Idaho State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 2, 2023
Scott Bedke (R)
since January 2, 2023
Chuck Winder (R)
since December 1, 2020
Majority Leader
Kelly Anthon (R)
since December 1, 2020
Minority Leader
Melissa Wintrow (D)
since December 1, 2022
Political groups
  •   Republican (28)


Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle IV, Idaho Constitution
Salary$16,684/year + per diem
Last election
November 8, 2022
(35 seats)
Next election
November 5, 2024
(35 seats)
RedistrictingIdaho Redistricting Commission
Meeting place
State Senate Chamber
Idaho State Capitol
Boise, Idaho
Idaho Senate
State Senate Chamber at the Idaho State Capitol in Boise

The Idaho Senate is the upper chamber of the Idaho State Legislature. It consists of 35 Senators elected to two-year terms,[1] each representing a district of the state. The Senate meets at the Idaho State Capitol in Boise, Idaho.[2]

Composition of the Senate[edit]

Since 1992, the Idaho Senate has been controlled by the Republican Party.[3]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic
52nd Legislature (1992–1994) 23 12 35
53rd Legislature (1994–1996) 27 8 35
54th Legislature (1996–1998) 30 5 35
55th Legislature (1998–2000) 31 4 35
56th Legislature (2000–2002) 32 3 35
57th through 63rd Legislature (2002–2016) 28 7 35
64th Legislature (2016–2018) 29 6 35
65th through 67th Legislature (2018–present) 28 7 35
Current Voting Share 80% 20%

Leadership of the 68th Legislature[edit]

Position Name Party District
President/Lieutenant Governor of Idaho Scott Bedke Republican
President Pro Tempore Chuck Winder Republican 20
Majority Leader Kelly Anthon Republican 27
Assistant Majority Leader Abby Lee Republican 9
Majority Caucus Chair Mark Harris Republican 35
Minority Leader Melissa Wintrow Democratic 19
Assistant Minority Leader James Ruchti Democratic 29
Minority Caucus Chair Janie Ward-Engelking Democratic 18

Committee Chairs of the 66th Legislature[edit]

Committee Chairman Party District
Agriculture Affairs Van Burtenshaw Republican 35
Commerce and Human Resources Jim Patrick Republican 25
Education Steven Thayn Republican 8
Finance Steve Bair Republican 31
Health and Welfare Fred Martin Republican 15
Judiciary and Rules Todd Lakey Republican 12
Local Government and Taxation Jim Rice Republican 10
Resources and Environment Steve Vick Republican 2
State Affairs Patti Anne Lodge Republican 11
Transportation Lori Den Hartog Republican 22

Members of the Idaho Senate[edit]

Map of partisan composition of the Idaho Senate as of May 20, 2023:
  Democratic senator
  Republican senator
District Senator Party Residence Counties Represented
1 Scott Herndon Republican Sagle Bonner, Boundary
2 Phil Hart Republican Kellogg Benewah, Bonner, Clearwater, Kootenai, Shoshone
3 Doug Okuniewicz Republican Hayden Kootenai
4 Ben Toews Republican Coeur d'Alene Kootenai
5 Carl Bjerke Republican Coeur d'Alene Kootenai
6 Dan Foreman Republican Viola Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce
7 Cindy Carlson Republican Riggins Adams, Idaho, Nez Perce
8 Geoff Schroeder Republican Mountain Home Boise, Custer, Elmore, Valley
9 Abby Lee Republican Fruitland Canyon, Payette, Washington
10 Tammy Nichols Republican Middleton Ada, Canyon
11 Chris Trakel Republican Caldwell Canyon
12 Ben Adams Republican Nampa Canyon
13 Brian Lenney Republican Nampa Canyon
14 C. Scott Grow Republican Eagle Ada, Gem
15 Rick Just Democrat Boise Ada
16 Alison Rabe Democrat Boise Ada
17 Carrie Semmelroth Democrat Boise Ada
18 Janie Ward-Engelking Democrat Boise Ada
19 Melissa Wintrow Democrat Boise Ada
20 Chuck Winder Republican Boise Ada
21 Treg Bernt Republican Meridian Ada
22 Lori Den Hartog Republican Meridian Ada
23 Todd Lakey Republican Nampa Ada, Canyon, Owyhee
24 Glenneda Zuiderveld Republican Twin Falls Camas, Gooding, Twin Falls
25 Linda Wright Hartgen Republican Twin Falls Twin Falls
26 Ron Taylor Democrat Hailey Blaine, Jerome, Lincoln
27 Kelly Anthon Republican Declo Cassia, Minidoka, Oneida
28 Jim Guthrie Republican McCammon Bannock, Franklin, Power
29 James Ruchti Democratic Pocatello Bannock
30 Julie VanOrden Republican Pingree Butte, Bingham
31 Van Burtenshaw Republican Terreton Clark, Fremont, Jefferson
32 Kevin Cook Republican Idaho Falls Bonneville
33 Dave Lent Republican Idaho Falls Bonneville
34 Doug Ricks Republican Rexburg Madison
35 Mark Harris Republican Soda Springs Bear Lake, Bonneville, Caribou, Teton

Past composition of the Senate[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Constitution of the State of Idaho". Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Senate – Idaho State Legislature". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  3. ^ Cotterell, Adam (May 13, 2014). "How Idaho Became A One Party State". Retrieved April 19, 2017.

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