MY NAME IS
I'm a Mom, Wife, Educator, State Representative, and long-term resident of Bingham County
AND I'M NOT AFRAID TO DO HARD THINGS.
I have grown up and raised my family right here in Bingham County. My parents, Richard and Kerma Hill, moved to the Blackfoot area when I was 7 and I grew up attending school in the Snake River School District. My parents taught me to work hard, carefully analyze information and ideas, pursue my dreams with a passion, and fearlessly stand up for truth.
After graduation from Snake River I married Kevin Young, son of Kenneth and Evelyn Young, also from Blackfoot. We now have 10 beautiful children and live in the Groveland area where we own a small hobby farm that includes Jersey cows, a colorful flock of chickens, and a geothermal greenhouse. Our family loves to work hard, play hard, hike and camp, make beautiful music, and participate in dramatic productions. We thank God for each of our precious, unique children!
We are people of faith and have a strong tradition of service in our church and community.
I am an avid student of the principles of government contained in our founding documents and in the stories, writing and philosophy of those who have shaped America.
I understand that, as a citizen in a free and self-governing nation I am responsible for the things that happen in government. It is MY job to be informed and involved. My interest is not in any particular office or position, but in supporting and defending the Constitutional principles of government which have historically made our nation the most free and prosperous nation on earth.
I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Idaho State University. I have applied what I learned in many ways including in homeschooling my own children through high school. Our children have learned the value of academic excellence. Our two oldest sons attended BYU-Idaho on academic scholarships, beginning at age 17. Our oldest has now finished a bachelor’s degree in nursing through BYU-I where he excelled academically and was highly sought after as a tutor. He is now employed at the Huntsman Cancer Center. Our third son, recently returned from serving an LDS mission in Florida, has chosen to study web-design, photography, and video editing. Applying those skills he created this website and associated videos. I also have a son who, as a premature infant, suffered a severe brain hemorrhage and has required a great deal of academic remediation. As a mother, I understand that each child has unique strengths and weaknesses. Excellent education directly address the real needs of children, one child at a time.
Two years ago I was honored to be elected to serve as the state representative for Bingham County. It has been an incredible experience for me and my family. I ran as a pro-family, pro-life candidate who promised to stand up for moral values, for constitutional rights, and for the ‘little man’. I promised to be fiscally conservative and to support common sense educational policies that empower teachers and put the needs of students first. I have made the needs of our agricultural community a top priority, including addressing water rights issues.
Today, I stand on my record.
At the close of the 2019 session, I spearheaded the formation of a state-wide pro-family coalition, Protect Idaho Families. Together our coalition identified 9 legislative priorities for 2020. All but two of these saw legislative action and five of the nine are on now the governor’s desk awaiting his signature including:
- The Idaho Vital Statistics Act (ensuring that certificates of birth accurately reflect facts)
- The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act (ensuring that females are not forced to compete unfairly against biological males)
- Simon’s Law (ensuring that critical care can’t be withdrawn from a child without parental notification and the opportunity to transfer care)
- The Abortion Trigger Bill (prohibiting elective abortion, effective upon the overturning of Roe v. Wade)
- The Safe Schools Database Act (empowering schools to address pornographic material found in online library resources our K-12 students use).
I carried two of these five and supported from the side-lines on others. I believe this was the best session we have ever had for advancing family policy issues.
I also co-sponsored two bills which successfully removed confusing exceptions from Idaho’s Constitutional Carry statute, printed several bills (which I will continue to work on) aimed at reducing the out-of-control costs of public construction, and laid the groundwork for a project to address sage grouse and the preservation of grazing rights.
When faced with tough decisions, I put the interests of tax payers and voters ahead of the interests of lobby groups and government. I believe that good government serves the people and respects their needs, not vice versa. I have consistently voted for less regulation.
I have worked hard to keep you informed and to address your concerns. I have earned the respect of my legislative peers as someone who studies and understands the issues and gained a reputation for being one of the hardest working legislators in Boise.
I have proactively kept the promises I made.