Julie VanOrden

Julie is a lifelong resident of Idaho and Bingham counties, with an educational background from Blackfoot High School and ISU Vocational Technical Education. She is a co-owner of Garth VanOrden Farms. Her political career includes serving as a former Idaho House of Representative member and former chairman of the Education committee. Additionally, Julie has held positions as a commissioner on the Idaho Public Charter School Commission and the Idaho Potato Commission. In her personal life, she is married to Garth, and together they have four children, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren: Kaylee, Hayden, and Jaicee. They also have one great-grandchild, Luna.

Serving her community has been the theme of Julie’s adult life.  As a PTA mom, she rose through the volunteer ranks of that organization to become the Idaho State President.  Shortly after her term ended, she ran for the Snake River Board of Trustees and served as their chairman.  Another volunteer board that has been benefitted by Julie’s engagement is the Idaho Youth Ranch, a historic organization in Idaho that has served Idaho’s struggling children and families since 1953.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling with her cousins and riding and showing reining cow horses.

News Stories

News • Clark Corbin, Idaho Capital Sun • 01/26/2022

The newest member of the Idaho Senate is an experienced legislative committee chairwoman who is relying on her experience in the Idaho House as she jumps back into representing the same district that first elected her nearly 10 years ago.

Sen. Julie VanOrden, R-Pingree, is a former chairwoman of the House Education Committee who served three terms in the Idaho House of Representatives, until she was defeated in the 2018 Republican primary election.

Sen. Steve Bair, R-Blackfoot, asked VanOrden in the fall to serve as a substitute in his place while he takes a leave of absence to care for his wife and oldest son as they battle illness.

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