Governor of Idaho
Paulette Jordan is a native Idahoan elected to serve in the Idaho House of Representatives in District 5, first in 2014 and then was re-elected in 2016, making her the only Democrat elected to represent Northern Idaho.
Paulette grew up in rural Northern Idaho in a family rooted in agriculture and caring for the land. This humble upbringing instilled in her the values of strength in the face of challenge and adversity, diligence in loving, and pride in hard work and service. While pursuing her undergraduate degrees in communications, comparative literature and American Indian studies at the University of Washington, Paulette became an active member in student government and developed a reputation for being a voice for her peers. After she graduated, Paulette ran for the Coeur d’Alene tribal council and became the youngest member to ever be elected.
Through her experience in state government, Paulette has come to value her role as a guardian of the state’s best interests, working to leverage the position of the people through her membership in the Idaho House Resources and Conservation Committee, Energy, Environment, & Technology Committee, State Hospital North Advisory Board, Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, and Idaho Legislative Council.
Paulette also serves as Chair of the Energy, Natural Resources, and Transportation Committee for the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators, is a member of the Idaho Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
As one of 11 Democrats in a 70-member House of Representatives, Paulette is running for Governor of Idaho to fight back against the supermajority that is working against families in Idaho and ensure that all Idahoans have access to affordable healthcare and the opportunity to earn a proper living wage. Paulette’s progressive platform also prioritizes defending LGBT folks against discrimination and enacting legislation to legalize marijuana as a step toward criminal justice reform. If elected governor, Paulette would spearhead the progressive movement to take back the state of Idaho from conservative corporate interests and give Idahoans the tools they need to improve their quality of life and thrive for years to come. And once elected Paulette will become the first Native American governor in our country.