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Idaho State Senator District 30

Idaho Senate members serve a 2-year term and are responsible for translating the public will into public policy for the state, levying taxes, appropriating public funds, and overseeing the administration of state agencies. These responsibilities are carried out through the legislative process — laws passed by elected representatives of the people, legislators.

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    Jerry Bingham
    (Rep)

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    Karen Keith
    (Dem)

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    Julie VanOrden
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

1. What do you hope to accomplish if elected?

2. What experience has prepared you for this office?

3 What do you see as the most significant challenges Idaho faces that you might be able to address in this position?

4. Would you support legislation to remove criminal liability for physicians and pregnant women experiencing life threatening pregnancy complications and allow for medical and family decisions regarding continuation of that pregnancy? Please explain your response.

5. Is there anything else you would like to tell the voters?

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I would like to continue working on making adoption an easier and less costly option for Idaho women. I passed four pieces of legislation during the 2024 session that started the adoption process down that road. With the strong abortion laws that have been put on place in the state I feel that making this viable option first and foremost.
I served on the national and state PTA boards when my children were young, then I served for 10 years as a board trustee for Snake River School District. I then ran for the Idaho House of Representatives and won, I continued in that position for 6 years, all the time on the education committee. I also have been an officer in the Pocatello Blackfoot chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.
I have seen an erosion of compassion when it comes to addressing the needs of the most vulnerable citizens of Idaho. Funding the needs of these citizens will be a challenge in the near future. Many are calling on churches and charities to take on this responsibility, but I see the state has a responsibility also. Working with others to craft budgets that address these needs will be vital.
I am very much against elective abortions. In my previous response I explained that adoption should be a first option. Life threatening pregnancy complication decisions should be left to the family in consultation with professionals.
I have lived in Idaho my whole life, I was raised on a potato farm and attended and graduated from public schools. My family has been raised in the same way, except my adopted daughter who has decided to live in Japan. I believe that farming in Idaho is a great way to raise a family and make a living. I appreciate the support I have received from the voters in my district and hope they will continue to support me.