Biography and Background
It is my great honor to be serving my 2nd term as an Idaho legislator. I have stayed true to the principles and promises that I have made. I uphold our Constitution and I have been very vocal and active in protecting our 1st amendment rights, especially our freedom of speech and religion.
One of the strengths that my colleagues recognize about me is my ability to bring people together. I would say that such is a natural result of my athletic career. I was a Division I women’s basketball player and then spent 15 years coaching Division I women’s basketball at four fantastic institutions: UC Santa Barbara, Brigham Young University, Washington State and then as the head coach at Cal State Fullerton. If sports do anything, it prepares leaders. Today, we need leaders who are able to unite us. I have spent my energy trying to teach and unite around Constitutional principles – all the while trying to be Christ-like in doing so.
I have had the opportunity to represent our great state nationally as I have continued to fight for the rights and opportunities for girls and women in sports. I was the author / sponsor of the “”Fairness in Women’s Sports”” legislation, first of it’s kind to protect opportunities for girls and women in sports. We now have 12 states that have adopted this legislation, with more to come. This legislation is important for many reasons, sports certainly being one of them. Ironically, those who support this legislation crosses party lines because parents on either side of the political spectrum want their daughters to have the same opportunities to compete as their sons.
This legislation is also important because the “”woke”” is trying both redefine and erase us as women. It is absurd to allow boys and men to both take our rightful, sex segregated positions in sports. But it is even more absurd to hold biological males up as the ideal standard by which we are to define what it means to be a women.
This fight is more than sports. It is a spiritual battle too. Our Heavenly Father created us as men and women. We are different and He intended us to be that way. Our sex matters. We should recognize our differences and we should celebrate them. It is so ironic that on the eve of Title IX’s fiftieth (50th) anniversary, we are celebrating a biological male’s unfair NCAA Swimming Championship in the “”WOMEN’S”” 500 freestyle meter swim. I love that Idaho is leading out in this fight, as we should!
I have also stood with our kids and parents during the COVID shutdown.
**I fought to help get grades BACK for our high school kids (instead of Pass/Fail) during the finals of the 2020 ‘at home learning.’
**I helped form local parental groups.
**I helped fight to get our kids back in school.
**I was instrumental in opening Idaho back up with HCR2 in 2021.
**I stand with you for our kids.