Rep. Paulette Jordan Steps Down for Gubernatorial Bid

Rep. Paulette Jordan (D-Plummer) announced that she is stepping down from the Idaho Legislature to focus on her campaign for Governor.

“We thank Paulette for her service to Legislative District 5 and wish her well on the campaign trail,” said Chairman Bert Marley.

The resignation is immediate. Legislative District 5 Democrats will now come together to submit a list of three names to Governor Otter, who will then appoint her successor.

The Idaho District 5 Democrats will be holding a precinct captains meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Tensed Community Building in Tensed, to select three names to fill the District 5 Seat A position that Paulette Jordan resigned from on Wednesday as she focuses her energies on her campaign for governor.

Jordan’s resignation leaves a void in District 5, which covers Latah and Benewah Counties. District 5 Democrats are required to submit three names to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter for the governor to review so he can select a person to fill that seat.

Only Idaho District 5 Democrat precinct captains are eligible to vote/participate in the selection process. However, if you are interested in submitting your name for consideration to hold this seat for the rest of her term, go to and fill out the survey link. Interested Democrats have until Sunday, Feb. 18, to submit their answers.

Here is the link to apply:


Boise, Idaho — February 7, 2018 — Representative Paulette Jordan announced today that she is officially stepping down from her District 5 legislative seat to concentrate on running for governor full-time.

“It has been my privilege to be elected by and to serve the people of the fifth district since 2014,” said Jordan. “My priority is my constituents and the people of Idaho. I cannot fairly serve my constituents and run for governor, therefore I am stepping down from my legislative seat. This is necessary to win the Democratic primary and to move toward victory in November. I’m all in for Idaho.”

Governor Otter will appoint a Democratic replacement who will serve for the remainder of Jordan’s term which ends November 2018.

Jordan was elected in 2014 and reelected in 2016 to the District 5 House Seat A. As a representative she served on the House Environment, Energy & Technology, Resources & Conservation and State Affairs committees.

Jordan’s campaign for governor is focused on creating a future for children and families to grow and prosper—a future where all Idahoans receive a high quality public school education, have access to affordable healthcare and livable wages for families who want to enjoy the beauty Idaho has to offer, without the constant fear of how to make ends meet. An essential part of Jordan’s platform is to revitalize Idaho’s main streets and fix government to make it better, more efficient and more effective for all Idahoans.

Jordan announced her intention to run for governor on December 7, 2017. If elected, she will be the first Native American governor in the country and the first woman elected governor in Idaho.

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