Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb
Idaho State Senate: Why Every Voice Counts
Cherie Buckner Webb is the first African-American to hold a seat in the Idaho House of Representatives and, subsequently, in the Idaho Senate. A victim of racial hate crimes in both childhood and adulthood, Cherie used adversity to fuel her passion for human rights and social justice.
Cherie has spent much of her life championing the cause of the under- privileged and underserved and working to create educational opportunities for those marginalized because of gender, poverty or race.
A former Hewlett Packard Culture and Diversity Global Program Manager, Cherie is well-known among her constituents and colleagues alike for her willingness to break down barriers. She has worked with businesses and organizations internationally in cross cultural collaboration and leadership development. In 2009, she was a part of a SOHO delegation visiting Swaziland to explore solutions to the needs of poor rural women and child led households and, in the process, met with the Queen Mother of the kingdom.
In May 2013, Cherie was named American Mother of the Year by American Mothers, Inc. She believes that, “The hand that rocks the cradle heals nations.”