In a difficult economic climate Cherie Buckner-Webb chose to effect change in a new arena by running for public office in 2010. As a fifth-generation Idaho. her life-long influence in the community made possible an energetic campaign supported by a wide variety of talented and committed citizens. Elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2010 and the Idaho Senate in 2012 and 2014 by a wide margin, Cherie’s message in the Statehouse reflects the same collaborative and visionary goals she emphasizes in her life and work. Cherie, Senate Assistant Minority Leader, serves on the Transportation, Education and State Affairs Standing Committees as well as the Capitol Services, Public Defense Reform, Legislative Council, Idaho Council on Indian Affairs and Justice Reinvestment interim committees.
Served one term, Idaho House 2010-2012 and in the Idaho Senate 2012-2020 ; born in Boise, Idaho; bachelor’s degree in management and organizational leadership, George Fox University; master’s degree in social work, Northwest Nazarene University; small business owner, consultant, and speaker; nationally recognized business professional; board member of numerous community organizations; received the 2010 Community Hero award from Boise State University; Excellence in the Arts award; Idaho Governor’s Award in the Arts; the Jefferson Award for public service; 2012 NAACP Heritage Hall of Fame award; American Mothers Inc., 2012 Idaho Mother of Distinction and 2013 Idaho Mother of the Year; Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award – A Legacy of Building Peace; Hewlett Packard Award for Distinguished Leadership in Human Rights; United Nations Human Rights Award; spouse: Henry; two sons; one granddaughter.