In 1962, I was born in Lewiston to Genesee natives Jon Nilsson and Ann Becker Nilsson. In 1971, my family moved to Botswana, Africa, where Dad established the Foundation Seed program and managed the research farm for the Botswana College of Agriculture. Returning to the U.S. in 1977, I worked alongside my parents and brothers on the family farm and ranch (Latah, Nez Perce and Clearwater counties).

After graduating from the University of Idaho in 1984, I married, farmed, and raised registered cattle in Southwick. In 1992 I went to work as a professional fundraiser, helping to secure private support for students, faculty, programs and communities in Idaho and Washington.

These experiences did much to shape and solidify my values of personal responsibility, integrity, and fiscal conservatism. I believe in the power of local communities to resolve issues vs. endlessly creating bigger government as the solution.


  • Appropriations – Vice Chair

  • Judiciary, Rules & Administration

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