First Off 

At the Statehouse, speed's the thing

Faster than you can say Jay-Fack, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee unanimously passed Governor Kempthorne's request for a 3 percent pay raise for state employees--in the first week of the legislative session. Rarely do JFAC decisions fail to become law, but the House and Senate do still have to pass the measures.

The Guv was happy. "The committee's unanimous, and fast, approval of my recommendation for expedited state employee raises sends the message that our employees are deeply appreciated as the backbone of our state government," Kempthorne said in a prepared statement.

But Democrats aren't content, and they plan to push for a 4 percent worker-pay increase instead when the JFAC recommendations hit the legislature floor. In the first-ever Democratic press conference in response to a State of the State address, House Minority Leader Wendy Jacquet said, "We should pass a 4 percent pay-raise for state employees and teachers. According to professional surveys, our state employees are paid 16 percent less than their counterparts in the private sector."

Pointing out that under the governor's plan, teachers will get a 2.5 percent pay raise compared with the 3 percent for other state workers, Democrats said that was "unacceptable."

As we have done in some other years, we present in this first Unda the Rotunda of the session a handy-dandy guide to your local legislative representatives. Cut it, put it on the fridge and start bugging the suits to your heart's content.

DISTRICT 14

HOUSE SEAT A

Mike Moyle

Republican, 4th term

Assistant majority leader

(208) 286-7842

mmoyle@house.idaho.gov

Occupation: Farmer

Committees: Revenue, Transportation, Resources, Ways and Means

HOUSE SEAT B

Stan Bastian

Republican, 1st term

(208) 939-8272

(208)468-7820, ext. 422

sbastian@nsd131.org

Occupation: School administrator

Committees: Environment, Judiciary

SENATE

Hal Bunderson

Republican, 7th term

(208) 888-7156

hbunderson@ cableone.net

Occupation: Retired auditor

Committees: Chairman of Local Government, Judiciary

DISTRICT 15

HOUSE SEAT A

Steve Smylie

Republican, 4th term

(208) 377-5281

ssmylie@house.idaho.gov

Occupation: Teacher

Committee assignments: Vice chairman of State Affairs, Environment

Rep. Smylie is running for Idaho superintendent of public instruction in 2006.

HOUSE SEAT B

Max Black

Republican, 7th term

(208) 375-2635

mblack2635@msn.com

Occupation: Retired insurance

Committees: Chairman of Business; State Affairs

SENATE

John Andreason

Republican, 6th term (served 2 terms, Senate 1967 to 1970)

Boise, ID 83704

(208) 322-8558

jandreas@senate.idaho.gov

Occupation: Retired state budget office director

Committees: Chairman of Commerce; Education

District 16

HOUSE SEAT A

Margaret Henbest

Democrat, 5th term

(208) 853-5423

mhenbest@cableone.net

Occupation: Pediatric nurse practitioner

Committees: JFAC, Business, Health and Welfare

HOUSE SEAT B

Jana Kemp

Republican, 1st term

(208) 367-1701

jana@janakemp.com

Occupation: Owner of Meeting and Management Essentials

Committees: Local Government, Education

SENATE

David Langhorst

Democrat, 1st term (served 2003 to 2004 in the House)

(208) 853-0303

dlanghorst@cableone.net

Occupation: Manufacturer's representative

Committees: Local Government, Resources, Transportation

District 17

HOUSE SEAT A

Kathie Garrett

Republican, 2nd term

(208) 344-5838

kgarrett@house.idaho.gov

Occupation: Homemaker

Committees: Vice chairwoman of Health and Welfare, Commerce, Education

HOUSE SEAT B

Janet Miller

Republican, 2nd term

(208) 375-7627

jmiller17b@aol.com

Occupation: Property manager

Committees: Business, State Affairs

SENATE

Elliot Werk

Democrat, 2nd term

(208) 373-0993

(208) 658-0388

Fax: (208) 375-3822

elliotwerk@mindspring.com

Committees: Commerce, JFAC, Health and Welfare

District 18

HOUSE SEAT A

Debbie S. Field

Republican, 6th term

(208) 336-8565

dfield@cableone.net

Occupation: Campaign consulting and homemaker

Committees: Chairwoman of Judiciary, Revenue

HOUSE SEAT B

Julie Ellsworth

Republican, 5th term

Majority caucus chairwoman

(208) 336-6747

jellswor@house.idaho.gov

Occupation: Homemaker

Committee: Environment, Energy, Judiciary, Rules, State Affairs, Ways and Means

SENATE

Kate Kelly

Democrat, 1st term

(208) 850-7217

kkelly@senate.idaho.gov

Occupation: Attorney

Committees: Agriculture, Health and Welfare, Judiciary

District 19

HOUSE SEAT A

Anne Pasley-Stuart

Democrat, 2nd term

(208) 424-0440

aps@house.idaho.gov

Occupation: Management consultant

Committees: Commerce, Local Government, State Affairs

HOUSE SEAT B

Nicole LeFavour

Democrat, 1st term

(208) 724-0468

nicole@4idaho.org

Occupation: Teacher, non-profit organizer, small-business owner

Committees: Environment, Judiciary, Revenue

SENATE

Mike Burkett

Democrat, 2nd term (served 1989 to 1992)

Assistant minority leader

(208) 384-9267

mburkett@senate.idaho.gov

Occupation: Attorney

Committees: Education, Judiciary

District 20

HOUSE SEAT A

Mark A. Snodgrass

Republican, 2nd term

(208) 887-4939

(208) 861-0728

msnodgra@house.idaho.gov

Occupation: Teacher, Realtor

Committees: Business, Environment, State AffairsHOUSE SEAT B

Shirley McKague

Republican, 5th term

(208) 888-2842

smckague@house.idaho.gov

Occupation: Retired from family service station

Committees: Vice chairwoman of Commerce, Revenue, Transportation

SENATE

Gerry Sweet

Republican, 2nd term

(208) 887-1085

(208) 895-0224

gsweet@senate.idaho.gov

Occupation: Business owner

Committees: JFAC, Judiciary, Local Government

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