2014 Dottie Stimpson Award Winner Michelle Stennet

Michelle Stennett

An Idaho resident for 30 years, Michelle spent her childhood in California and in a dairy farming community in Wisconsin. Michelle’s rural roots brought her to central Idaho where she met and married Clint Stennett, who was raised in southern Idaho.

Michelle has a B.A. in International Relations – Environmental Studies, a B.A. in Latin languages, and a minor in Business from the University of Oregon. She holds a Certificat d’Etudes from the Universite de Poitiers and a Legislative Energy Horizon Institute certificate from the University of Idaho. Michelle worked in developing countries and for a hunting/fishing lodge in Alaska before moving to Idaho.

She has a diverse professional background including working at the Sun Valley Animal Center, advertising sales for the family’s television company, and in-flight operations with Horizon Air. She has also worked for Sun Valley Aviation as the fixed-base operator, servicing private aircraft. In addition, Michelle has a pilot’s license. Michelle worked several years both in Idaho and abroad for aid and philanthropic organizations implementing community-based solutions on projects such as clean water, grazing, sanitation, and famine relief.

Living in the Wood River Valley, Michelle enjoys being surrounded by beautiful places to fish, hunt, bike, horseback ride, ski, camp, and romp with her Golden Retriever, Teagan. She deeply values Idaho’s unparalleled quality of life. Michelle represents District 26 in the Idaho State Senate which encompasses Blaine, Camas, Gooding and Lincoln Counties. She is the Minority Leader in the Idaho Senate and was the Minority Caucus Chair before.

She serves on two committees: State Affairs and Resources & Environment which gives her the opportunity to push for the right to clean air and water, protect an individual’s personal life choices like directives and living wills from governmental intrusion, and facilitate partnerships that provide the best services for Idahoans. She is appointed to several interim committees focusing on natural resources, fisheries, and water issues. Women in leadership bring different strengths to the conversation. Michelle is committed to bringing respectful, collaborative, smart governing to the Idaho Legislature.

Jeanne Buell Honored for Lifetime Achievement

Jeanne Buell

The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus recognizes the immeasurable contributions by IDWC founder and lifetime Democrat Jeanne Buell. She is a longtime Idaho Democratic Party leader and we are thrilled that her efforts are finally being recognized by our organization. She is currently the vice chair of the Idaho Democratic Party and has long labored in the trenches working hard to advance the principles that guide Democrats. She has been an instrumental and dedicated contributor to the Party building efforts of the Idaho Democrats and the IDWC for many, many years. We are so grateful for her leadership and how she leaders others by example.

Read more about her nomination here.

Stennett Receives Annual Dottie Stimpson Award at Annual Breakfast

Michelle Stennett accepts Dottie Stimpson Award at IDWC Annual Breakfast

State Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett was recognized for her dedication and leadership in state politics by fellow members of the IDWC. Michelle’s commitment to bring respectful, collaborative, smart governing to the Idaho Legislature is an example to women statewide. We celebrate her contributions and support her efforts to create a state government that is transparent and accessible to everyone.

Read more about her nomination here.

Rita Haggardt, IDWC Region 6 Director, Honored

Rita Haggardt

Rita Haggardt has been invested and involved in making a positive change since her days working in Washington DC at the height of the civil rights movement. The Pocatello branch of the NAACP presented Rita with the annual Ron Timpson Community Service Award during its annual Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon on January 18, 2014.

Rita lives a life dedicated to service to others, especially to the less fortunate in her community. She may be 70 years old but she remains very active in the Democratic Party in Bannock County and the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus in Region 6 as its director. Rita is a beloved member of our organization and we congratulate her on her wonderful recognition.

The presentation was covered by Chris Cole of KIDKNews in Idaho Falls. A video of the presentation and a written report about the event is available at LocalNews8.com.