Biography

About Elaine:
  • Running for 7th term in the Idaho House of Representatives
  • Member of Idaho House State Affairs committee; Business committee; Environment, Energy & Technology committee; Joint Legislative Oversight Committee; and Health Care Task Force
  • Native Idahoan
  • Graduate of Idaho State University
  • Married to Rich Smith 44 years
  • Three married grown children living in Pocatello; Steamboat Springs, Colorado; and Ft. Bliss, Texas
  • Six grandchildren
  • Retired from the Pocatello – Chubbuck School District

Honors:

  • Pocatello Chief of the Greater Pocatello Chamber of Commerce – 2008
  • Friend of Co-Ops, The Idaho Cooperative Council, Inc. (agricultural community) in February 2008, which recognizes one State Representative and one State Senator a year for outstanding leadership shown to cooperatives in Idaho. First Democrat to be selected for this honor, since inception of this award in 1990
  • Minnie Howard Award (formerly the Athena award) in 2007 which recognizes one woman a year for outstanding community service. Given at the annual Chamber dinner
  • Friend of Education in 2004 by the Idaho Education Association
  • Selected for Council of State Governments Western Legislative Academy in 2003, first Democrat from Idaho to be selected for this Leadership Academy
  • RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) of Southeast Idaho Recognition Award in 2001
  • Friend of Education by the Pocatello Education Association in 1994 and 1990
  • Silver Beaver Award and the District Award of Merit by the Boy Scouts of America

Organizations that Elaine is currently active in:

  • Greater Pocatello Chamber of Commerce Member
  • United Way Board of Directors of Southeast Idaho
  • Gate City Rotary Club
  • The Delta Kappa Gamma International Society (women educators) serving as immediate past State President and Co-Chair of the Strategic Action Planning committee
  • Pocatello – Chubbuck School District 25 Education Foundation Treasurer
  • Member of NAACP
  • American Association of University Women Pocatello Branch
  • Alpha Omicron Pi Alumnae Chapter
  • PEO – Chapter K member

Elaine on working with citizens:

“I recently had the opportunity to work with a Bannock County resident to co-sponsor a bill she wrote to strengthen Idaho’s criminal penalty law. It was a truly satisfying experience to see her bill progress through committees, pass the House and Senate and be signed into law by the governor. It was proof that one person can make our system of government better.”

“As a past president of Family Services Alliance (FSA) Board, I saw the need to help families dealing with physical and emotional abuse in Pocatello. I have been approached by a local law enforcement officer to draft and advance legislation to more effectively combat and prevent domestic violence here and around the state.”