Cherie Buckner-Webb

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Cherie Buckner-Webb
Cherie Buckner-Webb.jpg
Idaho State Senate District 19
In office
December 1, 2012-Present
Term ends
November 30, 2016
Years in position 3
State Senate Minority Caucus Leader
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Idaho House of Representatives District 19A
Master'sNorthwest Nazarene University
Date of birthOctober 20, 1951
Place of birthBoise, ID
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Campaign website
Cherie Buckner-Webb (b. October 20, 1951) is a Democratic member of the Idaho State Senate, representing District 19. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012. She currently serves as State Senate Minority Caucus Leader.

Buckner-Webb previously served in the Idaho House of Representatives from 2010 to 2012.


Buckner-Webb earned her B.A. in Management and Organizational Leadership from George Fox University and her M.A. in Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University. Her professional experience includes founding Sojourner Coaching, and working as Culture and Diversity Global Program Manager and Americas Region Sales and Marketing Development Manager for Hewlett-Packard.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Buckner-Webb served on the following committees:

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2015
State Affairs
Joint Legislative Oversight


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Buckner-Webb served on the following committees:


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Buckner-Webb served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Buckner-Webb's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt: "She supports funding the responsible roll-out of Common Core and is a strong supporter of the Governor’s Task Force Recommendations."


  • Excerpt: "She believes government must represent and be responsive to the will of the people. Openness, compromise, and accountability are the hallmark of her service to the citizens of Idaho. "


  • Excerpt: "Cherie is committed to improving Idaho’s economy and creating a business climate that fosters economic development, job growth, and attracts new business to Idaho."


  • Excerpt: "She supports sound environmental and stewardship policies that ensure we have clean air, safe water, and a beautiful pristine environment for the delight and enjoyment of generations to come."

Human Rights

  • Excerpt: "Cherie is a leading voice in the fight against discrimination in Idaho. She has repeatedly co-sponsored legislation to “Add the Words,” which aims to end legalized discrimination against Idahoans because of gender identity and/or sexual orientation."



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 Cherie Buckner-Webb was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Tony Snesko was unopposed in the Republican primary. Buckner-Webb defeated Snesko in the general election.[2][3][4][5]

Idaho State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCherie Buckner-Webb Incumbent 74% 13,240
     Republican Tony Snesko 26% 4,659
Total Votes 17,899


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Buckner-Webb won election in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 19. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 15 and defeated Paul Nelson O'Leary (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Idaho State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCherie Buckner-Webb 70% 15,778
     Republican Paul Nelson O'Leary 30% 6,755
Total Votes 22,533


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Buckner-Webb defeated David Cadwell and J. Dallas Gudgell in the primary on May 25th. She defeated Jim Morland in the general election on November 2, 2010.[8]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 19A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Cherie Buckner-Webb (D) 10,196 68.4%
Jim Morland (R) 4,716 31.6%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Buckner-Webb is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Buckner-Webb raised a total of $89,712 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 30, 2013.[9]

Cherie Buckner-Webb's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho State Senate, District 19 Won $40,567
2010 Idaho State House, District 19A Won $49,145
Grand Total Raised $89,712


Buckner-Webb won election to the Idaho State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Buckner-Webb raised a total of $40,567.


In 2010, a year in which Buckner-Webb was up for re-election, she collected $49,145 in donations.[10]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


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

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In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[11]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "impacting economic freedom in the state."


In 2012, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[12]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.

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] Buckner-Webb received a score of -87 points in the 2013 index, ranking 34th out of 35 members of the Idaho State Senate that were evaluated for the study.


Buckner-Webb and her husband, Henry, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nicole LeFavour (D)
Idaho State Senate District 19
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Anne Pasley-Stuart
Idaho House of Representatives District 19A
Succeeded by
Mathew Erpelding (D)