Community Involvement

My greatest accomplishment is our 50 year marriage and our three adult children who are responsible citizens.  We love our five grandchildren.

 

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
  • Idaho State Senator 2000-Present
  • Chairman: Senate Judiciary Rules Committee 2012-Present
  • State Capitol Services Committee 2012-Present
  • Legislative Council 2003- 2011
  • Chairman: Senate Health and Welfare Committee 2007-2012
  • ​Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee 2000-Present
  • Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee 2000-2002, 2008-2011
  • Joint Finance Appropriations Committee 2003-2007
  • Co-Chairman Joint Millennium Fund Committee 2002- Present, Co-Chairman 2004-Present
  • Energy Environment and Technology Interim Committee 2004-Present
  • State Drug Court Executive Committee 2001- Present
  • ​Juvenile Justice Custody Review Board 2002-2013
  • Boys and Girls Club Board 2009
  • Meth Project Board 2008-Present
  • Information Technology Resource Management Council 2009-
  • Co-Chair Capitol Relocation Committee
  • Co-Chair Joint Advisory Committee on Technology 2004-Present
  • Idaho State Board of Health and Welfare 2007
  • Health Care Task Force 2006-Present
  • Mental Health Advisory Committee 2006-
  • Interagency Committee on Substance Abuse Prevention 2006
  • Nampa Chamber of Commerce Member
  • National Rifle Association Member
  • Vice Chairman Judiciary and Rules Committee 2003-2004
  • Vice Chairman Senate Health and Welfare Committee as Freshman 2000-2002
  • Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education Legislative Advisory
  • Committee (WICHE) 2002-2007
  • Boise State Canyon County Advisory Board 2002-
  • Drug Endangered Children Executive Committee 2003
  • Strategic Directions for Catholic Schools Committee 2002
  • Domestic Violence Task Force 2002
  • Chairman, Moving Vietnam Wall Veterans’ Appreciation Ball October 5, 2002
  • Western Legislative Academy Graduate, October, 2001
  • YMCA Youth Government Committee 2001
  • Idaho State Republican Finance Co Chairman 2001-2002
  • Millennium Income Task Force Committee 2001
  • E-Commerce Interim Committee 2001
  • Served Latino Voter Registration 2000
  • Chairman: 1st IFRW ADay at the Legislature 2000 (A statewide event)
  • Chairman: Idaho GOP Gala 2000 (A statewide event)
  • Public Relations Board, National Federation of Republican Women 2000
  • ​Idaho State Catholic Foundation 1992-2005 1st Woman member
  • Consultant: St. Paul’s School Media Center 1999-present
  • Our Lady of the Valley media center project, 2000-2003
  • Caldwell Public Schools Media Coordinator, 1968-1999, 31 years (developed 6 new school media programs,
    ​media center automation, Computerized Reading level testing & Accelerated Reader programs)
  • Notus School District teacher, 4 years, 1964-1968,
  • Chairman: National Federation of Republican Women Resolutions (1997-99)
  • Precinct Chairman, 1980-2002, 2012
  • Two time delegate to the Republican National Convention 1988 and 1996
  • National Republican Platform Committee, 1996
  • National Republican Credentials Committee, 1988
  • Governor Phil Batt Inauguration Committee, 1994
  • Idaho Presidential Trust Committee
  • President, Idaho Federation of Republican Women 1991-1996
  • Chairman: 1st A Tribute to Women@ (A continuing statewide event)
  • Chairman: 1st AIFRW Leadership Conference@ (A statewide event)
  • Served numerous years on Miss Rodeo Caldwell Committee
  • Promoted Miss Rodeo Caldwell Scholarship Program
  • Served 12 years 1st woman member Caldwell Night Rodeo Board of Directors
  • Past Chairman of West Valley Medical Center Board of Directors
  • Past Albertson College of Idaho Hall of Fame Committee,
  • Tertling Library Board
  • ​Albertson College Scholarship Dinner and Auction Benefit
  • Served on Leadership Caldwell Board
  • Chairman: Several IFRW State Conventions
  • Served 10 years Idaho High School Rodeo and District #3 Rodeo Committee
  • Served Caldwell Schools PTOs
  • Boy Scout Merit Badge coordinator
  • Catechism teacher
  • Past Chairman: Canyon County Republicans
  • Past President: Canyon County Republican Women
  • ​Past Canyon County Republican State Committee Woman
  • Organized Caldwell Summer Girls Baseball League, 1964
  • High School Volunteer at Caldwell Labor Camp ( Now Farmway Village)
  • Lifetime Campaign Worker Numerous local committee positions
HONORS:​
  • 2011-2014 Champion of School Choice Award
  • 2013 Honorary State FFA Degree
  • 2010 Idaho Republican Legislator of the Year
  • 2008 Idaho State Marriage Ambassadors: Edward and Patti Anne Lodge
  • 2008 Health Hero Community Health Centers
  • 2006 Drug and Mental Health Court Leadership Award
  • 2006 Friend of Cooperatives
  • 2002, 2004, 2006 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 Friend of Agriculture Award
  • 2001 through 2012 Agriculture All Star Award
  • NFRW Betty Rendel Achievement Award
  • Canyon County Centennial Woman Award
  • Honored as an Outstanding Idaho Republican Woman
  • Woman of Distinction award for working with women on welfare
  • Idaho Republican Hall of Fame as Outstanding County Chairman
  • Canyon County Outstanding Republican
  • Outstanding Teacher of America
  • Outstanding Young Woman of America​
  • Former Miss Rodeo Idaho
  • ​Former Miss Rodeo Caldwell