Helen Chenoweth (R)
District 1 (West--Boise, Nampa, Panhandle)
BORN: Jan. 27, 1938, Topeka, Kans.
EDUCATION: Whitworth College, 1955-58
FAMILY: Divorced; two children
OCCUPATION: Public affairs consultant; congressional aide
POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House, 1994-
Chenoweth--ranked one of the "10 Dimmest Bulbs in Congress" by The Progressive magazine--is one of the more colorful and controversial conservatives in Congress, which helps explain the ranking by the liberal magazine. Democrats have charged her with a litany of ethical infractions, including undeclared loans, loans taken without collateral and improper use of campaign contributions--all of which she attributes to honest mistakes. But her chief issue--individual rights vs. federal regulations--is no small bone of contention in the vast First District, which might like to send a rule bender to Congress.