Julie Yamamoto

Julie Yamamoto, a native of Canyon County, is a follower and believer in the good news and gospel of Jesus Christ. She emphasizes values of equality and liberty inspired by the Declaration of Independence. With a robust educational background in Elementary Education and Educational Leadership, including degrees from the College of Idaho and the University of Idaho, Julie pursued a teaching and school administration career. She has taken on leadership roles in organizations like the West Valley Medical Center Board and the Assistance League of Boise Canyon County Branch, supporting newborns, students, and needy families. Currently serving on the Board of Thomas Jefferson Charter School, she also volunteers for Love INC. Yamamoto has served two terms and is seeking her third in District 11 Seat A; she has received a slew of endorsements from Idaho business, agriculture, public safety organizations, and state education leaders. She has become prominent for facing backlash from hardline far-right conservatives in her party.

News Stories

News • The Editorial Board, Idaho Statesman • 08/30/2023

McCann, along with other sane, reasonable Republicans, such as Rep. Matt Bundy, of Mountain Home; Rep. Mark Sauter, of Sandpoint; and Rep. Julie Yamamoto, of Caldwell, has been censured by their party for taking reasonable positions on some of these issues.

News • Laura Guido, Idaho Press • 05/01/2024

Retired educator and incumbent Julie Yamamoto will face a Freedom PAC-backed Caldwell businessman in a Republican primary race in which the concept of “school choice” will take center stage.

Yamamoto, R-Caldwell, just finished her second term in the Idaho House and served as chair of the House Education Committee. She said she represents a “growing faction” in the Idaho Legislature that tries to “solve Idaho problems with Idaho solutions.”

News • Katie McGuire, Idaho Ed News • 10/27/2023

Yamamoto empathized with this concern, understanding that often “one size doesn’t fit all” with public schools, and wanting students and parents to have choices. However, “where we part company,” she explained, “is who pays for that.”

News • Nicole Blanchard, Victoria Advocate • 08/27/2023

Several other Republicans have faced similar reprimands, including Rep. Matt Bundy, Rep. Mark Sauter, and former Rep. Julie Yamamoto.

News • Ryan Suppe, Idaho Ed News • 05/02/2024

Gov. Brad Little, Lt. Gov. Scott Bedke, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Debbie Critchfield and Attorney General Raúl Labrador in recent weeks have endorsed candidates in legislative and local contests... Critchfield, a Republican in her first term, has endorsed at least two GOP candidates for reelection to the Legislature. Rep. Julie Yamamoto of Caldwell chairs the House Education Committee and Rep. Rod Furniss of Rigby has pushed for reforms to election law and state budgeting that would help school districts get more money for facilities.

Editorial • Julie Yamamoto, Idaho Press • 02/11/2024

Over 3,000 people cast ballots electing me to represent them in the House. Less than 450 people voted for the current Idaho GOP Chair, and yet, current GOP leadership is imposing a purity test for legislators who were elected by thousands of people. While not granted an opportunity to speak to my voting record by the State GOP or County leadership, I appreciate that I was allowed to speak to District 11 precinct committeemen/women in November. On January 11, 2024, the motion to not support me failed.

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