"We believe the strength of our nation lies with our faith and reliance on God our Creator, the individual, and the family; and that each person's dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored."
- Preamble, Idaho Republican Platform

As the mother of ten beautiful children, I am solidly pro-life. When my 6th child was born 2 ½ months early and then suffered a major brain hemorrhage which left doctors questioning whether he would ever walk or talk, my family and I fought to save his life, giving him the opportunity to grow and develop to his maximum capacity. Today, he is a happy, healthy, active 15-year- old. I can’t imagine our family without Andrew!

As your state representative, I will always defend the sanctity of life.

I have dedicated my life to the ideal of family. I believe that strong families are the most important and only real answer to many of the social, educational, and economic issues we face. Families are the fundamental unit of society. With nearly 25 years of marriage behind me, I know firsthand the happiness that comes from a marriage between a man and a woman who are committed to one another and to caring for and raising children. Because my husband is a mental health provider and counselor, I am also keenly aware of the harsh reality that no government system, no matter how well intentioned, can ever out-perform the family.

You can count on me to always defend the definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman, to support the central role of the family in society, and to oppose any efforts to undermine parental rights.

Our family has made it a priority to be financially self-reliant. We are debt-free and regularly save for a rainy day. We should be able to expect our government to do the same. I also understand that a lack of fiscal self-reliance in our state translates into more federal regulation and a greater financial burden in the long-term.

As your state representative, I am committed to ensuring that fiscal decisions and commitments are fiscally sound and preserve the ability of state government to genuinely represent the interests of Idahoans, now and in the future.

As America’s first freedom, I understand that religious liberty is about more than ‘freedom to worship’ on Sunday and in the privacy of our homes. It is about our right and ability to live according to our religious beliefs, and to make decisions and express opinions, in the public square and in our employment, that are informed by our religious convictions. I also understand that religious liberty and freedom of speech are interdependent. We cannot have one without the other.

As your state representative, I will oppose efforts to intimidate or silence religiously informed opinions and will defend the right of all Idahoans to make decisions that are consistent with their religious values.

The right to keep and bear arms, protected under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution is not just intended for an occasional hunting trip. We have a fundamental right to the protection of life and property, even by force when necessary. In situations where the threat of gun violence becomes more prevalent, the right of individuals to keep and bear arms becomes more vital and evident than ever. An armed citizenry is a vital deterrent against crime and abusive government.

As your state representative, you can depend on me to energetically oppose any efforts, federal or state, to demonize or infringe on the second amendment rights of all Idahoans, including efforts to impose infamous red flag laws.

Both of my parents grew up on farms and my favorite memories growing up are of time on their farms. The work ethic and values of the agricultural community are foundational in our family culture and our kids can milk cows, move pipe, and weed gardens with the best of them! We love the lessons, the beauty, and the self-sufficiency that comes with being connected to the land.

During my time in the legislature I have worked hard to represent local constituents in addressing water issues, to be sensitive to the needs of ranchers and farmers, and to work closely with the Idaho Farm Bureau on issues. This hard work is evident in my Farm Bureau legislative score, the highest of any legislator in our legislative delegation. I have received the prestigious ‘Friend of Agriculture Award’ every legislative term and many of my biggest supporters are local farmers. It has been a pleasure to work with and for Idaho’s agricultural community!

Quality education is the result of an environment where parents and educators have the maximum ability to directly address the real needs of children. With a bachelor’s degree in education and nearly two decades of experience as a successful home educator, I understand that just throwing more programs and regulations at education is not the answer. While resources should be adequate, more than money is required. Over the last decades, the state of Idaho has consistently invested an increasing percentage of state resources toward education with no corresponding improvement.

We need to facilitate innovation and flexibility in our education model. In our current social and political environment it is more important than ever before to protect the ability of parents to seek educational options that meet their child’s unique needs. The hyper-sexualization of children or coercive indoctrination in political philosophy should have no place in our state-funded classrooms.

My father is a retired family practice doctor who first began private practice in the Blackfoot area 35 years ago. He has always centered his practice on meeting the unique needs of his patients as individuals.  I understand that government regulation in medical care and coercive or inflexible public health mandates have real consequences for real people.  I have been appalled by the way patients have been denied family visitation and critical medical advocacy.

I am committed to protecting patient choice, family access, and private and innovative medical care options.

Property tax has consistently increased faster than personal incomes and economic growth. The trajectory of its current growth is unsustainable. When people are losing long-time residences because of taxation, things must change.

I have consistently supported efforts to reform property tax, including voting for a property tax freeze in 2020 and tax reform measures in 2021, and 2022. Unfortunately, while these efforts have tapered that trajectory (bent the curve), they are not enough.

I am supportive of efforts to prevent shifts within the tax structure, to more evenly distribute the tax burden, and to explore ideas like providing state-approved blueprints to reduce school construction costs or otherwise subsidizing or reducing facility-related expenditures.

Private property rights are the cornerstone of a free society and the real source of economic prosperity. It is the ability of individuals to innovate and use personal property to pursue economic endeavors that has historically made America the most successful and prosperous nation on earth.

As your state representative, I will continue to be a staunch advocate for private property rights and for policies that allow business endeavors to proceed in a reasonable and minimally regulated environment.

I love the Constitution of the United States of America. I believe that it was inspired by God and that His hand was in the establishment of our nation. The Constitution is the answer to many of the problems we struggle with. If we study it and apply it, it will be a great blessing to us.

I have been heavily involved in grass-roots efforts to preserve, protect, and defend the United States Constitution. Over the last decade, I have become an avid student of the Constitution and have invested hundreds of hours in planning Constitution classes, rallies, and day camps, preparing editorial columns and presentations on Constitution-related topics, and advocating the exercise of Constitutionally-defined government powers.

When I raise my arm to the square and take an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Idaho State and United States Constitutions, I will understand and honor that oath.

Rumor Mill Responses - are these real?

Absolutely not! Both my mother and mother-in-law have degrees in education and taught in public schools. I chose to get my degree in education and maintained a teaching certificate for many years.

I have great respect for the incredible efforts of teachers and school staff who do so much to help Idaho kids. I support legislation that will actually increase pay for long-term school employees and improve education for children.

Absolutely not! Both my parents and parents-in-law grew up farming. Our family has a hobby farm and a large greenhouse and my kids have grown up milking cows and working potato harvest.

My pro-ag work in the legislature is evident in my Farm Bureau score, the highest of any legislator in our legislative delegation. I have received the prestigious ‘Friend of Agriculture Award’ every legislative term and many of my biggest supporters are local farmers.

Absolutely not! My father is a retired family practice physician and I grew up working at the Blackfoot Medical Clinic. My husband works at a local hospital providing mental health care. My oldest son is just completing his master’s degree as a nurse practitioner. My youngest brother is a nurse anesthetist, my sister-in-law is an OB-GYN faculty member at Utah State University, and another sister-in-law delivers babies at a local hospital as a midwife.

The medical community is a big part of our life and I am committed to making the best decisions possible for patients and healthcare employees. 

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