The political races and debates are at the forefront of world news. However, women still hold a minority of the elected positions in the United States.

According to the Center for American Women and Politics, as of 2016, women hold the following percentage of elected positions in the United States:

  • 4% of 535 seats in Congress
  • 20% of 100 seats in the U.S. Senate
  • 3% of 435 seats in the U.S. House
  • 24% of 312 Statewide Executive seats (includes governors, lt. governors and other statewide elected officials)
  • 6% of 7383 seats in State Legislatures

Idaho has had two (2) women elected to Congress in its history, and currently has 29 women elected to the State Legislature for a total of 27.6% of 105 seats.


A new organization has been formed in Idaho to help women gain training for leadership roles in politics. Idaho Women in Leadership has a Political Leadership Training series and a Business & Corporate Leadership Training series.

Click on the link below for more information about these training opportunities:

Idaho Women in Leadership

Click any of the following links for information related to other upcoming leadership opportunities:

  • Idaho State Professional Licensing Boards

Recruitment is going on now for new board member positions on several boards, including the judicial council, several Magistrate Commissions, the Humanities Council and more. (Contact Ann Beebe, Governor’s Special Assistant for Boards and Commissions, at 208.334.2100.)

  • Idaho State Bar

Idaho State Bar Section officers and council members are elected periodically throughout the year. If you are interested in pursuing one of these opportunities please contact Mahmood Sheikh, Deputy Executive Director at 208.334.4500.

Practice Sections – Idaho State Bar

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