Representative Maxine Bell serves in the Idaho House of Representatives from District 26, which is comprised of Jerome and Minidoka counties. Bell worked as an active farm partner on the family row crop farm southeast of Jerome until 1997 when the Bells retired from the day-to-day operation of the farm. She also worked as a librarian at the Jerome Junior High School for nine years. She retired from the school in the spring of 1988 to run for the legislature. Bell was appointed to the Agricultural Affairs Committee, where she served as vice-chairman, and to the Resources/Conservation Committee. In her second term she was appointed to the powerful Appropriations Committee, where she now serves as chairman and joint-chairman of the Joint Appropriations/ Finance Committee (JFAC). She also serves on the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee which does performance audits for the state agencies.