Boise Sen. Buckner-Webb Idaho’s 2013 ‘Mother of the Year’

Senate Minority Caucus Chairwoman Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, will be honored Wednesday afternoon in a ceremony in the governor’s office as the recipient of the annual award from American Mothers, Inc.

Lt. Gov. Brad Little will preside. Buckner-Webb served one House term before her election to the Senate in November. She has two grown sons and one grandchild. A celebrated vocalist, she sang “America the Beautiful” at Monday’s celebration of the sesquicentennial of Idaho Territory.

A news release from American Mothers, Inc. follows:

Boise, Idaho—On Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 1:30 p.m., Lieutenant Governor Brad Little will be
recognizing a remarkable woman who has been named Idaho’s new Mother of the Year for 2013. The
ceremony will be held at the State Capitol Building.

Mother of the Year— Idaho State Senator, Cherie Buckner-Webb, is being named Idaho’s new Mother of the Year for 2013 by American Mothers, Inc. Buckner-Webb, a fifth generation Idahoan, is the founder and principal of Sojourner Coaching. Her business expertise includes cross cultural collaboration, leadership development, facilitation, consultation and coaching. Cherie works with business, education and community organizations.

She is a respected motivational speaker, in high demand for her presentations. Buckner-Webb is also a gifted gospel, jazz and blues vocalist. She is the recipient of the State of Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and in 2012 was named Idaho’s Mother of Achievement by American Mothers, Inc. She donates many hours to community organizations and is the winner of numerous awards including the Jefferson Award for Public Service. In 2010 she was elected to the State of Idaho House of Representatives, and in 2012, she was elected to the Senate, where she proudly serves today. She earned her B.S. in Management and Organizational Leadership from George Fox University, and a Master of Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University.

Cherie has been married to the Reverend Henry Webb for 25 years, and has two adult sons, Sean and Phillip Thompson (Erin) and one granddaughter, Zaida.

IN HER WORDS: Her philosophy on parenting is simple, contained in three over-arching messages:

Honor the Past: Share the stories of those who came before and honor the dreams realized and deferred of their foremothers and forefathers. Share, so that my children will learn the lessons and humbly receive their inheritance: gifts of faith, service, responsibility, perseverance hope and the gift of family. Allow those precious offerings to serve as a catalyst to push them toward reaching their highest potential. Share so that they will cherish the blessing of family; family by blood and family by choice.


Embrace the journey: I wake up daily loving and praying for my children and strive to walk the talk as I share “mother messages”. I work diligently to be in the moment with my children and support them to do the same. I encourage my children to be courageous as they navigate the waters of their lives, through the rough waters as well as the smooth sailing. As there is so much to learn and experience, I challenge them to remain open and receptive. It is important to clarify your purpose. My admonitions: find your joy, take risks, love unconditionally, strive for excellence, walk in power, passion, purpose and prayer. Know that service to others is a requisite for living. Study – education is a lifetime activity! Live a life of congruence giving care to mind, body and spirit.

Leave a legacy: Endow the future, take these gifts and privileges and use them honorably. Be purposeful and live with a vision for the future – not only for the next generation, but for many generations to come, in the knowledge that what they do in their lives sets the foundation, for the future. Leave this world better than you found it.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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