Elliot Werk

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Elliot Werk
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Idaho State Senate District 17
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 13
Base salary$16,116/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSonoma State University
Place of birthMontréal, Canada
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Elliot Werk is a Democratic member of the Idaho State Senate, representing District 17 since 2002. He currently serves as the Assistant Senate Minority Leader.

Werk graduated with his Bachelor's degree in Geology from Sonoma State University. Werk has had additional graduate study from the University of Arizona and Harvard University.

Werk is a small business owner in addition to being a Senator. Werk was formerly an environmental consultant for Shell Oil Company from 1986 to 1999.

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary and Rules
Local Government and Taxation
State Affairs
Joint Legislative Oversight


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Werk served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Werk's campaign website lists the following issues:[1]

  • Ethics Reform
Excerpt: "I place ethics first because the people have lost faith in their government. Without fundamental ethics reform there is no trust that the actions of state government are intended for the benefit of the people."
  • Public Education
Excerpt: "Rather than slashing an already anemic budget, Idaho leaders must look for every opportunity to improve schools to attract business. The state is starving public schools by leaving millions uncollected from tax cheats and from special interest tax exemptions."
  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "With a paper thin high tech industry we are exposed to the whims of the global marketplace. Our colleges are slashed and the brain drain from Idaho is noticeable."
  • Quality of Life
Excerpt: "Healthy air quality, good traffic flow, managed development that enhances our neighborhoods, low crime rates and keeping gangs at bay, good roads, and community-based treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues can help to preserve our quality of life."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "We must reduce property taxes for homeowners and seniors - not special interests. This means an increase in the Homeowner's Exemption to $150,000. I have sponsored bills to accomplish this since 2007 and will continue my efforts."



See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Werk won election in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 17. Werk ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 15 and defeated Judy M. Peavey-Derr (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Idaho State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElliot Werk Incumbent 62.9% 10,150
     Republican Judy M. Peavey-Derr 37.1% 5,980
Total Votes 16,130


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2010

Werk had no opposition in the May 25 primary. He ran against Lucas V. Baumbach in the general election on November 2, 2010, defeating him.[4]

Idaho State Senate, District 17 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Elliot Werk (D) 5,665 60.6%
Lucas V. Baumbach (R) 3,689 39.4%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Elliot Werk won re-election to the Idaho State Senate, District 17 receiving 10,120 votes, ahead of Republican T. Allen Hoover(5,183).[5]

Idaho State Senate, District 17 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Elliot Werk (D) 10,120 66.1%
T. Allen Hoover (R) 5,183 33.9%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Werk received $39,850 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]


In 2008, Werk collected $32,859 in donations.[7]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Idaho Power Co. $2,000
Palmer, Kyle L & Jill $1,000
Idaho Education Association $1,000
Idaho Health Care Association $1,000

Bicycling laws

During the 2010 legislative session, Werk proposed some changes to the rules of the road involving bicycles. His changes included drivers to give three feet of space as they pass around bicycles, adding a $75 fine to drivers who heckle bicyclists, adding an additional $75 penalty to the person at fault in any traffic incident involving a bicycle, and requirements that cyclists have brakes and not dart into crosswalks. [8]

"Right now, the rules of the road are kind of a bit fuzzy," Werk said during a Senate committee on his proposed legislation.[9] Werk regularly rides his bicycle to the Idaho State Capitol during the legislative session.[10]

None of Werk's legislation was approved by the Idaho Legislature, though the brake requirement passed the Idaho Senate.[11]

District 17

Werk represents Idaho Senate District 17. District 17 includes part of the city of Boise in Ada County. [12].


Werk is married to Nancy Werk. They have one child and reside in Boise, Idaho.

Werk was born in Montreal, Canada. He came to the United States when he was seven with his single mother. Werk became a U.S. citizen around the time he graduated from college.

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