Senator Michelle Stennett

Senator Michelle Stennett

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Senator Michelle Stennett was first elected to the Idaho State Senate in 2010 and currently represents Idaho’s 26th District, serving as Senate Minority Leader. In 2011, she made a commitment to advancing sportsmen’s interests in the state legislature and joined the Idaho Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, and in 2014 became a Co-Chair of the Caucus.

Originally from a small farming community in Wisconsin, Senator Stennett remains strongly linked to her rural roots as a 30-year resident of Idaho. Her connection to the state’s vast natural resources allows her to be an effective advocate for sportsmen and women at the Capitol.

In 2014, Senator Stennett supported SB 1276, a bill which expanded the definition of “qualified organizations” for the purpose of issuing free game and fish permits to military veterans with disabilities. This legislation greatly increased the number of individuals who qualify for special hunting and fishing privileges. These special license privileges allow for increased hunter and angler participation and are a way to give back to those who have dedicated their lives to serving our country.

Idaho’s 534,000 hunters and anglers rely on advocates in the state legislature like Senator Stennett to continue advancing pro-sportsmen’s legislation to ensure that the state’s rich outdoor sporting heritage remains intact for future generations. Sportsmen and women in the Gem State contribute more than $1.02 billion annually to the state’s economy and support more than 15,000 jobs statewide.

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