Meet Paulette

Meet Paulette

I grew up on a farm in northern Idaho where I developed a strong connection to our state’s land and the people who share it. A proud member of the Coeur d’Alene tribe, I was raised to fight for the needs of my community and to protect our priceless natural resources.

As a student at the University of Washington, I discovered a love of local politics and grassroots activism, working with the Seattle City Council and the university’s administration on behalf of fellow students. After graduation, I moved back home to Idaho and became the youngest person elected to the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council. I went on to work as a business development strategist and to serve as Finance Chair on the Executive Board of the National Indian Gaming Association.

In 2014, I felt compelled to serve a broader circle of Idahoans, beyond my tribe, and I ran to represent my home district in the Idaho House of Representatives. I won against tough odds, beating an incumbent Republican, and successfully ran for a second term two years later. Throughout my tenure in the Idaho legislature, I have promoted progressive policy, like the teacher loan forgiveness bill, and held the line against harmful and unjust legislation. I fight for better rural education, wider access to healthcare, and stronger economic development and opportunity in Idaho’s struggling communities.

I live in Plummer, Idaho, with my two sons. I’m running for governor to build a better future for them, and for all of Idaho’s children.

 

I grew up on a farm in northern Idaho where I developed a strong connection to our state’s land and the people who share it. A proud member of the Coeur d’Alene tribe, I was raised to fight for the needs of my community and to protect our priceless natural resources.

As a student at the University of Washington, I discovered a love of local politics and grassroots activism, working with the Seattle City Council and the university’s administration on behalf of fellow students. After graduation, I moved back home to Idaho and became the youngest person elected to the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council. I went on to work as a business development strategist and to serve as Finance Chair on the Executive Board of the National Indian Gaming Association.

In 2014, I felt compelled to serve a broader circle of Idahoans, beyond my tribe, and I ran to represent my home district in the Idaho House of Representatives. I won against tough odds, beating an incumbent Republican, and successfully ran for a second term two years later. Throughout my tenure in the Idaho legislature, I have promoted progressive policy, like the teacher loan forgiveness bill, and held the line against harmful and unjust legislation. I fight for better rural education, wider access to healthcare, and stronger economic development and opportunity in Idaho’s struggling communities.

I live in Plummer, Idaho, with my two sons. I’m running for governor to build a better future for them, and for all of Idaho’s children.