Representative Ilana Rubel

Getting Good Things Done for Idaho District 18

Representative Ilana Rubel has served Boise’s District 18 in the Idaho Legislature since 2014, and has knocked on over 15,000 doors to learn what her constituents need. She has successfully sponsored and passed a broad array of important legislation supporting the people of Idaho, including better pay and benefits for teachers, funding for optional full-day kindergarten and insurance coverage for hearing aids for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. She has served as the House Democratic Leader since 2019, is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School, has represented technology companies for more than 20 years, and is the proud mother of four children who have attended Boise public schools. She also co-founded the non-profit Idaho Business for the Outdoors and was a founding member of BSU’s Honors College’s Advisory Board.

Raised by a working single mom, Ilana Rubel graduated from law school thanks to terrific teachers, schools and helping hands along the way. She is adamant that everyone should have the same opportunities she did to work their way up the ladder in life. She and her husband John moved to Boise 21 years ago when he was recruited by Micron. They have four children aged 13 to 22, and Ilana enjoys volunteer-teaching “Civics and the Constitution” at various Boise schools. Her family loves to bike, hike, fish, ski, camp, and raft in the Idaho outdoors.

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Special Session Update

On September 1, the Legislature convened for a single day to consider and pass a bill that does three things: designates $330 million of sales tax proceeds to be earmarked for K-12 schools and $80 million for higher education; allocates $500 million for a one-time tax...

March 30, 2022 – Legislative Session Update

Adjournment / Vetoes We were on the floor until midnight Friday when finally every bill had been voted on. I moved to adjourn sine die to end the session, but my motion was defeated on a near party-line vote as the GOP wanted to remain in session to potentially...