Sherri Ybarra
Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
GovernorButch Otter
Brad Little
Preceded byTom Luna
Personal details
BornMountain Home, Idaho, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationWest Liberty University (BA)
University of Idaho (MEd)
WebsiteOfficial website
Campaign website

Sherri Ybarra is an American politician and educator, currently serving as Superintendent of Public Instruction (state schools) in Idaho. She was first elected to the position in 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Ybarra was born and raised in Mountain Home, Idaho. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from West Liberty University and Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Idaho.[1][2][3]


Ybarra worked as a teacher and a high school principal in Mountain Home, Idaho area before becoming Superintendent.[4]

In the 2014 election, Ybarra defeated John R. Eynon, Andrew Grover, and Randy Jensen earning 28.7% of the vote, in the Republican primary.[5] Ybarra defeated former chief deputy superintendent of public instruction Jana Jones earning 50.6% of the vote, in the general election.[6]

On December 16, 2015 she announced that she intended to seek a second term.[7] On October 11, 2017 she launched her official reelection campaign.[8] She defeated Jeff Dillon, superintendent of the Wilder School District in the Republican primary with 58.9% of the vote.[9]

Ybarra defeated Cindy Wilson, former Capital High School teacher, in the general election with 51.4% of the vote.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Ybarra is married and has one child.[11][12] Ybarra's husband is of Basque descent.[13]


  1. ^ "Sherri Ybarra". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  2. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  3. ^ "IESDB - Sherri Ybarra". Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  4. ^ Superintendent, Ybarra for Idaho School. "About Sherri Ybarra | Ybarra for Idaho School Superintendent". Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  5. ^ "Statewide Totals". Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  6. ^ "Statewide Totals". Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  7. ^ "Ybarra to seek second term as schools chief". Idaho Education News. 2015-12-16. Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  8. ^ "Schools chief Sherri Ybarra launches re-election campaign | East Idaho News". East Idaho News. 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  9. ^ "Statewide Totals". Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  10. ^ "Report Declaration". Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  11. ^ "Sherri Ybarra: Career educator, not a politician". Idaho Education News. 2014-05-06. Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  12. ^ "Ybarra straightens out her marital history". Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  13. ^ Russell, Betsy Z. (September 29, 2014). "Not actually Basque…". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Luna
Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction