Michelle Stennett

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Michelle Stennett
Minority Leader of the Idaho Senate
Assumed office
December 2012
Preceded byEdgar J. Malepeai
Member of the Idaho Senate
from the 26th district
Assumed office
October 26, 2010
Preceded byClint Stennett
Personal details
Born (1960-11-02) November 2, 1960 (age 58)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Clint Stennett (Deceased)
EducationUniversity of Oregon (BA)
WebsiteOfficial website

Michelle Stennett (born November 2, 1960)[1] is a Democratic Idaho State Senator for District 26 (Ketchum) since 2010. She was elected to the Idaho Senate in 2010, succeeding her late husband Clint Stennett. Stennett currently serves as senate minority leader.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Stennett was born in Sacramento, California, and earned her degrees in Latin languages and international studies from the University of Oregon.[1][3]

Senate appointment and career[edit]

Stennett served as the acting state senator for the 25th District in 2010 due to her husband's declining health; he died in October 2010.[4] The following month she was elected to the seat with 7,113 votes (57.9%) against Republican Jim Donoval and Constitution Party candidate Randall K. Patterson.[5] Redistricted to new Senate District 26, Stennett ran unopposed in the May 15, 2012 Democratic primary with 806 votes with no opposition for the November 6, 2012 general election.[6]


Stennett serves on the following committees:[3]

  • Commerce and Human Resources
  • Legislative Oversight
  • Resources and Environment
  • State Affairs


  1. ^ a b "Senate Membership". Idaho Legislature. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  2. ^ "Idaho House Republicans oust Speaker Denney in a rare coup for a tradition-bound body" Idaho Statesman, 6 December 2012. (accessed 6 December 2012)
  3. ^ a b "Senator Michelle Stennett's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  4. ^ Wutz, Katherine (October 20, 2010). "Former Sen. Clint Stennett succumbs to cancer". Idaho Mountain Express. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2012.
  5. ^ Ysursa, Ben. "November 2, 2010 General Election Results". Boise, Idaho: Secretary of State of Idaho. Archived from the original on May 1, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  6. ^ Ysursa, Ben. "May 15, 2012 Primary Election Results". Boise, Idaho: Secretary of State of Idaho. Archived from the original on November 19, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2012.

External links[edit]

Idaho Senate
Preceded by
Edgar J. Malepeai
Minority Leader of the Idaho Senate