Putting You First, Idaho Always
Paulette believes that Idaho’s future belongs to all of us, and as Idaho’s governor, she promises to use her leadership skills to depoliticize issues and focus resources into inclusive, common sense policies and legislation that work for everyone. A fierce advocate for investing in education and future job markets, Paulette’s forward focused agenda will help to develop and keep further infrastructure and sustainable job opportunities in Idaho, while also preserving and protecting the environment and public lands for future generations to share and enjoy. Paulette Jordan is building a movement around the power of one united family that works together for peace, prosperity, and justice for all.
Experience in Leadership and Service
Paulette Jordan is a native Idahoan who is currently serving her second term in the Idaho House of Representatives (District 5) and her third year on the Idaho Legislative Council.
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 helping family and neighbors, and pride in hard work and service. Paulette credits much of her leadership abilities and knowledge to having remarkable and wise role models who instilled in her the importance of taking action and fighting for justice, while stressing the significance of first listening with an open heart and mind to a wide range of perspectives and ideas.
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. Never one to be able to sit on the sidelines, Paulette reveled in the impact she could make by uniting people in community and engagement to bring forth positive and crucial changes. After she graduated, she ran for Coeur d’Alene tribal council and became the youngest member to be elected. She continued her political success by securing a seat in the Idaho Legislature for District 5, first in 2014 and again in 2016, making her the only Democrat elected to represent Northern Idaho.
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, the Energy, Environment & Technology Committee, State Hospital North Advisory Board and Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee.
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, and is an elected member of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Executive Board of Directors. She is serving her second term as Secretary, and also chairs the finance committee and the energy committee within NIGA.