Paulette Jordan is a born and raised Idahoan. She is a mother of two young boys - without them she would not be running for office. This is the land that her family has occupied for many generations. She is a proud member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, and she has served as a member of her Tribal Council since a young age. Paulette comes to this race with the unique experience of working on Capitol Hill as a staunch advocate for economic sovereignty. She developed working relationships with several federal agencies and congressional representatives in her work with the National Indian Gaming Association and as a business strategist.
In 2014, she ran to represent her home district in the Idaho House of Representatives and despite tough odds, unseated an incumbent Republican and successfully won a second term. While in office, she fought for policy changes in a number of important areas, including expanded access to healthcare, access to rural broadband and rural resource centers, clean energy, teacher loan forgiveness, criminal justice reform, environmental resource protection, and economic development in Idaho’s struggling communities. In 2018, she was the Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Idaho, becoming the first woman nominated to that position by a major party in Idaho and the first Native American woman nominated for Governor in U.S. history. This race is the continuation of that movement as she seeks to represent Idaho in the US Senate.