Idaho State Controller Donna Jones
Donna Jones, Idaho’s 20th State Controller and Payette native rose to political prominence with her appointment to Idaho House District 13 in 1987. Jones served 12 distinguished years in the House which culminated in her being the first woman selected to chair the powerful House Revenue and Taxation Committee. In addition to being a female trailblazer in legislative politics, Jones is the first woman elected to serve as Idaho State Controller.
Donna brings a wealth of private and public sector management and leadership experience to the job. Before entering politics Donna was a successful business person for 30 years, owning and operating auto parts stores and a real estate brokerage firm. Immediately prior to her election, she served eight years as Executive Director of the Idaho Real Estate Commission. Jones is an Idaho Certified Public Manager and served on the Idaho Hispanic Commission, Idaho Housing & Finance Association Advisory Board, Idaho Permanent Building Fund Advisory Council, and Multi-State Tax Commission.
Nationally, Donna has served on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer for the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO).She has held office as the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Idaho Chairman and served on the organization’s national Board of Directors, as well as being named an Outstanding ALEC Leader.Donna has also been recognized by the Idaho March of Dimes as an Outstanding Woman of the Year.
Donna was married to her husband Don, who passed away in 2000, for 43 years.They have two daughters, one son, seven wonderful grandchildren, and one great-grandson.