Candidates' Debate: Friday October 27, 8:00 p.m. MT/PT

Debate cancelled, as Candidate Jones declined our invitation to participate.
Qualifications: 25 years of age, U.S. Citizen, two year Idaho resident
Term of office: Four years
Salary: $85,800 in 2007, $88,374 in 2008, $91,025 in 2009, $93,756 in 2010
Duties: The State Controller is the chief fiscal officer of state government and manages the fiscal matters which include paying all obligations of the state, paying all state employees, as well as maintaining the centralized financial management reporting and accounting systems. The State Controller is ex-officio Secretary of the Board of Examiners; member of the Board of Land Commissioners and the Board of Canvassers. The State Controller also manages the state's central Computer Service Center. Serves as a member of the Information Technology Resource Management Council (ITRMC); advisor to Commissioners of Idaho Housing and Finance Association; advisor to Commissioners of Idaho Food Quality Assurance Institute; and administrator of State Social Security Programs.
Donna Jones
Donna Jones
Jackie Groves Twilegar
Jackie Groves Twilegar
  • Born 1939 in Brush, Colorado
  • Married to Donald
  • Mother of three, grandmother of six
  • Education
  • G.E.D. in Ontario, Oregon
  • Professional Experience
  • Executive Director, the Idaho Real Estate Commission, 1998-2006
  • Idaho House of Representatives, Payette and Washington Counties, 1987-1998
  • Licensed real estate broker for 25 years, 1983-1998
  • Payette Auto Parts/New Plymouth Auto Parts, 1967-1980
  • Idaho Republican Party
  • Vice Chairman, 2002-2006
  • Region III Vice Chairman, 1996-2006
  • Party Secretary, 2000-2002
  • Idaho Republican Party 2nd Congressional District Coordinator, 1986
  • Payette County Chairman, 1980-1986
  • Precinct Chairman, 1978-1984
  • Born 1955 in Minneapolis, MN
  • Married to Ron
  • Mother of two, stepmother of three
  • Education
  • M.B.A. Finance & Economics, Northwestern University, 1982
  • B.A. French & History, with Honors, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976
  • Professional Experience
  • Manager of a family business including diversified real estate and security investments, 1990-present
  • Software Consultant/Training 1987-90
  • Banking 1982-87
       - Real estate lending, Chemical Bank, New York NY
       - Mergers & Acquisitions, Commercial Federal Savings & Loan, Omaha NE
       - Multinational Lending, Lloyds Bank International, Chicago IL
  • Corporate Finance 1977-82
       - Manager, International Credit & Collections, Rockwell International
       - Export Finance, FMC Corp.
  • Peace Corps, English Teacher, Senegal 1976-77
  • Associations / Community Involvement
  • Parent Organizations Boards: Longfellow Elementary, The Children’s School
  • Community Boards: Opera Idaho, Beaux Arts Societe
  • Fundraising/Leadership: Boise Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Other
  • Sabbatical Quito, Ecuador 1999-2002 – fluent Spanish
  • Fluent Spanish


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