Janie Ward-Engelking

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Janie Ward-Engelking
Janie Ward-Engelking.jpg
Idaho State Senate, District 18
In office
January 8, 2014-Present
Term ends
November 30, 2016
Years in position 1
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
AppointedJanuary 8, 2014
Appointed byGov. Butch Otter
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Idaho House of Representatives
District 18A
December 1, 2012-January 8, 2014
Bachelor'sIdaho State University
Master'sBoise State University
Place of birthMarsing, ID
ProfessionTeacher, retired
Office website
Personal website
Janie Ward-Engelking is a Democratic member of the Idaho State Senate, representing District 18. She was first appointed to the chamber on January 8, 2014, by Gov. Butch Otter.[1]

Ward-Engelking served in the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 18A from December 2012 to January 2014.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Ward-Engelking served on the following committees:

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2015
Agricultural Affairs
Commerce and Human Resources
Change in Employee Compensation
Joint Millennium Fund


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ward-Engelking served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Janie Ward-Engelking's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Quality Public Education
Excerpt: "Cutting $20 million dollars from the Boise School District has negatively impacted our children. Local levies have been necessary due to the lack of funding by the State Legislature. The Luna Laws have the potential to be the Enron of Education in our state. Our tax dollars will be sent to out-of-state companies who only care about profit while teachers will be exchanged for computers."
  • Ethics in Government
Excerpt: "The imbalance in our legislature has created an environment where the majority party has routinely ignored ethical lapses on the part of public officials. I will be a legislator worthy of your trust."
  • Economic Growth and Job Creation
Excerpt: "A slash and burn policy is not going to grow our economy or create new jobs. These are serious times, and they require creative solutions and a common sense approach."
  • Protecting our Open Spaces, Water Quality, and Clean Air
Excerpt: "We need to protect our Idaho way of life. Our natural resources and recreational opportunities need to be preserved for our children and grandchildren."
  • Planning for our Energy Future
Excerpt: "We need to be proactive by designing ways to meet our energy challenges in the future."



See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Idaho State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent Janie Ward-Engelking was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Edward Dindinger defeated Susan Decker Alvord in the Republican primary. Ward-Engelking defeated Dindinger in the general election.[3][4][5][6]

Idaho State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJanie Ward-Engelking Incumbent 66.1% 10,556
     Republican Edward Dindinger 33.9% 5,406
Total Votes 15,962


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Ward-Engelking ran in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives District 18A. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 15 and defeated incumbent Julie Ellsworth (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 18A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJanie Ward-Engelking 55.3% 11,693
     Republican Julie Ellsworth Incumbent 44.7% 9,434
Total Votes 21,127


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ward-Engelking was a Democratic candidate for District 18A in the Idaho House of Representatives in the November 2, 2010, state legislative elections. She was unopposed in the primary on May 25th. Ward-Engelking lost to Republican Julie Ellsworth in the general election on November 2, 2010. The race was close (an estimated 9 vote spread), so Ward-Engelking called for a recount. After the recount, Ellsworth lost one vote, but still won the election.[9][10]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ward-Engelking is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Ward-Engelking raised a total of $109,077 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[11]

Janie Ward-Engelking's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho House, District 18A Won $67,024
2010 Idaho House, District 18A Won $42,053
Grand Total Raised $109,077


Ward-Engelking won election to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ward-Engelking raised a total of $67,024.



Ward-Engelking was endorsed by the following persons and groups, among others:[12]

  • Governor Cecil Andrus
  • Kate Kelly
  • Idaho Education Association
  • Idaho Public Employees Association
  • Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Idaho

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Idaho Freedom Index

The Idaho Freedom Foundation, an Idaho-based, nonprofit educational research institute, released its "Idaho Freedom Index" in 2013. The index intended to show how Idaho legislators voted on the principles the Foundation seeks to promote. It measured each state legislator based on two tiers, which include whether legislators voted for or against bills that would create or eliminate government agencies, programs, and regulations, and bills that would impact the free market in a positive or negative way. Scores ranged from the highest possible score for members of the state Senate (194 points) and for members of the state House (180 points). A higher score indicated that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Foundation.[13] Ward-Engelking received a score of -75 points in the 2013 index, ranking 66th out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Branden J. Durst (D)
Idaho State Senate District 18
January 2014-Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Julie Ellsworth (R)
Idaho House of Representatives District 18A
2012–January 2014
Succeeded by
Ilana Rubel (D)