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2013 Citizen Survey Results!

Friends and Neighbors:

2014 Legislative session is over and the big question is what was accomplished?

I had a very productive session working across the aisle cosponsoring S-1357 that reforms the probation and parole system with a possible savings of over $200 million in the next five years. I also cosponsored a job tax rebate (H-546a) to spur job growth. And I authored a bipartisan bill (S-1240a) to protect your constitutional right to privacy by restricting collection of DNA during an arrest. I also made substantial progress on legislation that allows people to make a clean start after serving their time for a non-violent crime.

A huge disappointment was the lack of movement on human rights once again (Add the Words). I'll be engaged in quiet discussions with my colleagues to try and move this effort forward for 2015.

To read a fuller evaluation of the session prepared by Team 17 (District 17's three legislators) just click here.

The annual Team 17 Legislative Report and Survey will be delivered by a volunteer to your door in late April. I'll also be going door to door over the next six months to check in with you so that I can better represent you.

I'll also be working on legislative initiatives for job and economic growth, public school redesign, funding for BSU, Add the Words, and other issues. If you're interested in these or other legislative or community issues please feel free to contact me at:

Telephone - 208-332-1352
Email -
Team 17

Representatives Chew, Gannon and I (Team 17) have forged a strong bond and will be working together extensively during the coming months. Together we create powerful representation for the district!

Please take the time to visit the web sites of  Representatives Sue Chew at and John Gannon at

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It's truly an honor to represent you and District 17 in the Idaho State Senate.



District 17 State Senator



Paid by Werk for Senate, Susan Eastlake, Treasurer


Latest News:

Bipartisan DNA Rights Bill Featured!

See what Team 17 thought of the 2014 Legislative session

Democratic leaders successfully call for the FBI to investigate Corrections Corporation of America!

Senator Werk talks about the minimum wage on Idaho Reports (skip to 35.09 to view this segment)

Sen. Werk's bipartisan effort to protect your DNA and privacy begins

The Hire Idaho Act gets some well-deserved press

Sen. Werk responds to the governor's State of the State address

Sen. Werk joins bipartisan effort to improve Idaho's public schools

Sen. Werk Joins Others to Ask Gov. Otter to Veto Ballot Initiative Restrictions (S1108)

Sen. Werk Says No to Selling Idaho's Public Land Heritage!

State's Lack of Planning Becomes Boise's Emergency

GOP Effort to Stifle Initiatives Opposed by Sen. Werk

Senator Werk Responds to Dynamis with Legislation

Senator Werk Introduces the VOTE Initiative

Sen. Werk Speaks Out Against Taxpayer Supported Tobacco

Sen. Werk Advocates for Pedestrian and Bike Safety on the Bench

Sen. Werk Strongly Opposes GOP Secret Ethics Tribunals

Sen. Werk Speaks Out on Giving Your Boss Your a Tax Cut

Idaho Democrats Propose IJOBs 2.0

Senator Werk Supports Solar Panels and Property Rights

Sen. Werk Named Influential Democratic Leader in Idaho Legislature by StateImpact

Sen. Werk Speaks Out Against $100,000 Taxpayer Payment to Idaho GOP

Senator Werk Graduates from U of I Legislative Energy Institute

Watch Sen. Werk Speak About Parole Issues on TV

Sen. Werk Co-Chairs Legislative Committee that Uncovers Millions in Gov. Waste

Sen. Werk's Bipartisan School Energy Bill Signed into Law and Honored by the Press

Senator Werk Speaks Out on Payday Loans

Senator Werk Recognized for Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Legislation

Senator Werk named Legislative Advocate of the Year 



It's an honor to serve you. As your State Senator I will continue to:

Uphold our shared values of hard work, integrity, fair play, civic responsibility, accountability, and equal opportunity
Support efficient funding of our public school system and value the input of all stakeholders to improve our schools
Continue my open door policy (legislative reports, surveys, forums, and office hours) with the people of District 17
Fight for a tax system that treats everyone fairly and supports critical services (like public schools, higher education, and public safety)
Defend our 2nd amendment rights

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