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Idaho Governor

The Candidates

Paulette E. Jordan

Plummer, Idaho

Education: Graduated from Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane in 1998. Earned bachelor's degrees in communications, comparative literature and American Indian studies from the University of Washington in 2003.

Political Experience: Elected to serve on the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Council from 2009 to 2012. Won two close elections to represent the 5th Legislative District in the Idaho House of Representatives from 2014 to 2018, when she stepped down for an unsuccessful run for governor.

Work Experience: Board member of the National Indian Gaming Association from 2010 to present and founded the nonprofit Save the American Salmon in 2018.

Family: Has two boys, ages 11 and 16.

Campaign Fundraising: Raised nearly $250,000 as of Oct. 1. Top contributors include the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Lummi Indian Business Council, and individual donors through the Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue.

Brad Little

Emmett, Idaho
Lieutenant governor, rancher

Rancher and former chairman of the Idaho Wool Growers Association. Little is a third-generation Idahoan and scion of a well-known ranching family. A University of Idaho graduate, he served four terms in the state Senate before being appointed lieutenant governor by Gov. Butch Otter in 2009; he won a full term in 2010, and is now seeking another.

Complete Coverage

Idaho looks into loud cannon fire at governor’s inauguration

Idaho National Guard’s commanding officer says he will look into 19 startlingly loud ceremonial canon blasts that were part of Gov. Brad Little’s inauguration.

Lawmakers see Idaho revenue projections lower than governor

A pair of budget-related committees accepted Gov. Brad Little’s projected revenue of $3.75 billion for the current fiscal year, but reduced it for the following year.

Idaho appeals ruling ordering surgery for transgender inmate

Idaho said Wednesday it will appeal a recent court ruling ordering the state to provide gender confirmation surgery to a transgender inmate.

Inauguration ceremony held for top Idaho elected officials

Outgoing Lt. Gov. Brad Little took the oath of office Friday as Idaho’s 33rd governor, although under the state Constitution he won’t officially become governor and assume those duties until a private swearing-in ceremony Monday.

Governor-elect commits to Medicaid expansion

Gov.-elect Brad Little said Thursday he’s committed to implementing a voter-approved expansion of Medicaid coverage but has concerns on the specifics of how it’s done.

Gov.-elect Little names budget chief

Gov.-elect Brad Little has named his budget chief.

Gov.-elect Little names chief of staff

Idaho Gov.-elect Brad Little has named his campaign manager as his chief of staff.

Republican Brad Little wins Idaho governor’s race

Longtime Republican lawmaker Brad Little defeated Democratic challenger Paulette Jordan on Tuesday to become Idaho’s next governor.

Country sees high number of Native American candidates

Deb Haaland is not the first Native American woman to run for Congress, but she could be one of the first elected Tuesday. More than 100 Native Americans are seeking seats in Congress, governor’s offices, state legislatures and other posts across the country in what political observers say has been a record number of candidates.

Idaho GOP takes down social media posts mocking Democrat Paulette Jordan

The Idaho Republican Party has removed social media posts that added a mocking laugh track aimed at a Democratic candidate.

Idaho tries to determine if licensing rules are too onerous

Idaho officials are working to determine whether occupational licenses the state requires have gone beyond protecting public safety and now unduly limit job opportunities.

Fundraising in governor’s race eclipsed by initiative campaigns

After a hotly contested primary race that saw the candidates for governor spend more than $4 million combined, campaign finance reports filed Wednesday show much lower figures for rivals Brad Little and Paulette Jordan. Much higher amounts were raised and spent over the same time period by the campaigns for and against Proposition 1, which would authorize “historical horse racing” betting machines at Idaho racetracks.

In first meeting, Idaho governor candidates talk taxes, schools, roads & groceries

Idaho’s major-party candidates for governor got together Tuesday evening to talk tax and fiscal policy.

Gov. candidate Jordan expects ‘women will be attacked’ by restrictive policies if Kavanaugh is confirmed

Idaho Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan said Friday she is worried about the state’s protections for women and minorities, especially if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Eye on Boise: Jordan unveils first ad, but it’s online-only for now

Democratic candidate for governor Paulette Jordan has released her first campaign commercial, but it’s only airing online; it may air on TV “as fundraising allows,” said her campaign communications manager, Dana Ferris.

Eye on Boise: Paulette Jordan campaign chief’s resignation: Was it over PAC, or on-job friction?

Paulette Jordan’s campaign released a photo Thursday of its then-campaign manager, Michael Rosenow, posing with Jordan’s opponent in the race for governor, Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little, at a Little fundraiser Aug. 29 on the Basque Block.

Top staffers for Idaho governor candidate Paulette Jordan resign

Two of the top staffers for Idaho Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan have resigned with less than two months left before the Nov. 6 election.

Jordan calls DMV contract a ‘boondoggle,’ Little is ‘frustrated’

Paulette Jordan blasted the “Otter-Little Administration” for the problems with state Division of Motor Vehicles services that forced shutdowns this week and have frustrated county sheriffs and motorists for two years.

A.J. Balukoff endorses Paulette Jordan for Idaho governor

A.J. Balukoff, the longtime Boise school board member and businessman who lost the Idaho Democratic primary for governor this year to Paulette Jordan, has issued a formal endorsement of Jordan for governor.

Jordan edges closer to Little, poll shows

A survey released recently shows that Medicaid expansion is likely blazing a trail for gubernatorial hopeful Paulette Jordan.