State Federation Profile

NFRW Affiliation:1944
Local Clubs
Region 1
604 Total Members
46,069 Volunteer Hours


The Idaho Federation affiliated with the NFRW in 1944 and has two districts and 18 clubs.

Prompted by the Republican National Committee, clubs began to form in the early 1900s. RNC Chairman Mark Hanna asked Mrs. J. Ellen Foster, the first woman to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court, to visit the Western part of the country to talk to women about getting involved in Republican politics. Dr. Minnie Howard of Pocatello accompanied her. In August 1904, they called a meeting of Republican women of Idaho and elected officers, and formed the first club of women voters in the state.

Members who have held elective office include the Hon. Helen Chenoweth, the Hon. Pattie Anne Lodge, the Hon. Janet Miller, the Hon. Kathie Garrett, the Hon. Dolores Crow, the Hon. Shawn Keough, the Hon. Kathy Skippen, the Hon. Sheila Sorensen, the Hon. Debbie Field, the Hon. Julie Ellsworth, the Hon. Frances Field, the Hon. Sharon Block, the Hon. Maxine Bell, the Hon. Eulalie Langford, the Hon. Janice McGeachin, the Hon. JoAn Wood, the Hon. Lenore Barrett, and the Hon. Ann Rydalch.

Charlene Matheson
3251 Elmira Road
Sandpoint, ID 83864

State President

Charlene has been active in politics since she was a young girl. Upon moving to Texas on her 18th birthday, she immediately registered as a Republican. Her first vote cast was for President Ronald Reagan in 1980. Ever since then, her desire ensued to participate in politics and has become a lifelong endeavor. She has assisted in many campaigns in Texas from City Council Members, Sheriffs, Congressmen, Senators, Judges, President George H. Bush in 1988 and Texas Governor George W. Bush in 1994 and then President George W. Bush in 2000 respectively.

When she moved to Sandpoint, Idaho in 2008, she didn't miss a political step! Idaho State Senator Joyce Broadsword invited her to a Republican Women's meeting and since that time Charlene has been actively involved in Idaho politics. She co-founded and became the first President of the 2014-2015 "Diamond Award Winning" North Idaho Federated Republican Women's club. Awards were given by both National and Idaho Federation of Republican Women's organizations to recognize and honor excellence at the state and local club level. In addition, the IFRW presented her with the "Tribute to Women Award" in March 2016. This Award is given for hardworking diligent women who promote and educate Republican women in the governmental process. She has experience in leadership, campaigning, fundraising, and creating an atmosphere that is welcoming and entices people to become members. Charlene does not know life without Republican political involvement. She continues to assist Idaho Republican candidates in their campaign efforts from the Idaho Constitutional Officers to US Senators and US Congressmen, Judges, and local county positions.

Charlene has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Houston. She has 31 years of Sales and Use Tax Experience! From working for the Texas State Comptroller's, Big 8 - Arthur Anderson, Industry - Lyondell Petrochemical, to owning her own business since 1994 as a Multi-state Sales & Use Tax Consultant with Insight Tax Management, Inc and Matheson Tax & Associates, Charlene understands her specialty niche of Indirect Taxes thoroughly.

Charlene and her husband, Dan, have been married 14 years and are Catholic. They have one son, Austin (26) and a lovely new daughter-in-law Heather (25). The entire family has been and is involved in dedicating their time to assist the Republican Party! They are all very happy that they live in the Great RED STATE of Idaho.

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