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Michelle Stennett

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Michelle Stennett
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Idaho State Senate District 26
In office
2010 - Present
Term ends
November 30, 2016
Years in position 5
State Senate Minority Leader
2013 - Present
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
AppointedOctober 26, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Oregon
Date of birthNovember 2, 1960
Place of birthSacramento, California
Office website
Personal website

Michelle Stennett is a Democratic member of the Idaho State Senate, representing District 26. She was first appointed to the chamber on October 26, 2010. She currently serves as State Senate Minority Leader.


Stennett's professional experience includes working as a flight operator for Horizon Air and Sun Valley Aviation.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Stennett served on the following committees:

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2015
Local Government and Taxation
Resources and Environment
State Affairs
Joint Legislative Oversight


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Stennett served on the following committees:


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



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 Michelle Stennett was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Dale Ewersen was unopposed in the Republican primary. Stennett defeated Ewersen in the general election.[1][2][3][4]

Idaho State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Stennett Incumbent 58.7% 7,475
     Republican Dale Ewersen 41.3% 5,254
Total Votes 12,729


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Stennett won re-election in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 26. Stennett ran unopposed in the May 15 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Idaho State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Stennett Incumbent 100% 13,799
Total Votes 13,799


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2010

Stennett defeated Robert John Blakeley and David P. Maestas in the May 25 primary. She ran against Republican candidate, Jim Donoval, and Constitution candidate, Randall K. Patterson, in the general election on November 2, 2010, defeating him.[7]

Idaho State Senate, District 25 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Michelle Stennett (D) 7,113 57.9%
Jim Donoval (R) 4,390 35.8%
Randall K. Patterson (C) 773 6.3%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Stennett is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Stennett raised a total of $83,440 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 30, 2013.[8]

Michelle Stennett's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho State Senate, District 26 Won $26,665
2010 Idaho State Senate, District 25 Won $56,775
Grand Total Raised $83,440


Stennett won re-election to the Idaho State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Stennett raised a total of $26,665.
Idaho State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michelle Stennett's campaign in 2012
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes$1,000
Cheston, Frances$1,000
Idaho Education Association$1,000
John Deere & Co$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$26,665
Source: Follow the Money


In 2010, Stennett raised $56,775 in contributions.[9]

Her five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Hull, M Blair $2,500
Werk, Elliot Seth $2,000
Idaho Education Association $2,000
Idaho Education Assoc $2,000
Idaho Democratic Senate Caucus $2,000


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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Idaho scorecards, email suggestions to

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In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12] Stennett received a score of -63 points in the 2013 index, ranking 19th out of 35 members of the Idaho State Senate that were evaluated for the study.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dean Cameron (R)
Idaho State Senate District 26
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Clint Stennett
Idaho State Senate District 25
Succeeded by
James Patrick (R)