Meet Idaho’s Redistricting Commission

Sep 28, 2011

It’s round two for the Idaho Redistricting Commission.  New commissioners were sworn in on Wednesday, September 28th.

SHAUNEEN GRANGE-D has worked in Idaho politics in the state, county, and municipal levels. She was part of the staff of the 2001 Redistricting Commission. She has served as the Chief of Staff for the House Minority Leader, as Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Boise, and as Field Director for the effort that resulted in the College of Western Idaho.

RON BEITELSPACHER-D is co-chair of the Commission. He’s a retired lineman with Avista Corporation and lives in Grangeville. He served as a State Senator from 1980 to 1992. He ran for Governor in the 1994 Democratic Primary against David Shepherd and Larry Echohawk. EchoHawk won the primary, but lost to Republican Phil Batt. 

SHEILA OLSEN – R lives in Idaho Falls. Olsen has been an elector from Idaho. She chairs the non-profit Development Workshop Foundation Board and sat on the Brigham Young University Alumni Board for five years. She is the widow of former state GOP Chairman Dennis Olsen who died in 1985. She was also a former National Multiple Sclerosis Mother of the Year and the mother of ten children, 37 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

RANDY HANSEN – R is a former state legislator from District 23. Hansen owns a small business in Twin Falls. He was the first president of the Twin Falls homeless shelter Valley House. He serves on the board of the Twin Falls Public Library and the American Red Cross. He’s chairman of the 5th District Court Appointed Special Advocates Program that helps abused children.

DOLORES CROW – R is co-chair of the Commission. She spent many years in Idaho's House of Representatives. She chaired the powerful House Revenue and Taxation Committee, along with the Environmental Affairs Committee. She on the Idaho Hispanic Commission. She also served on the Idaho Capitol Commission and the Permanent Building Fund Advisory Council. She lives in Nampa.

ELMER MARTINEZ-D is a former state legislator, serving as a Representative from District 29B from 2002-2006. He lives in Pocatello. He is a retired firefighter/paramedic. He’s on the Board of Trustees for Pocatello Medical Center and the Southeast Idaho Action Agency.