Former Idaho House Representative Paulette Jordan has announced that she intends to unseat current U.S. Senator James Risch.

“Over the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to listen to thousands of Idahoans throughout this great state, and what I’ve learned is that Idaho is in need of new leadership,” said Jordan. “Idahoans are fed up. People from all walks of life are frustrated with the partisan gridlock in Congress and they are calling for a leader who represents them. Nothing will change until there is new leadership in Idaho. I have decided to answer the call to serve and represent Idaho as our next U.S. senator.”

During her 2018 gubernatorial race, Idahoans cast 231,081 votes for Paulette Jordan, more than any other Democratic candidate in Idaho history.

Ms. Jordan’s policy positions resonate with Democrats and Republicans alike. Her passion for environmental protection is well-balanced with her fiscal conservatism and pragmatic approach.

“I’m running because we need a senator who will work to re-engineer our government to prioritize American prosperity, protect our precious land and resources, fight for affordable, quality healthcare, and ensure a world-class education for our children,” said Jordan.

“We all watched as our current senator embarrassed Idaho by falling asleep on the job during one of our nation’s most historic events,” said Jordan. “If Idahoans fell asleep at work, we would lose our jobs. This isn’t nap time. It’s time to get to work. Mr. Risch has spent 11 years in the Senate. We can’t afford to let him sleep away six more years.”

Ms. Jordan is the founder of two regional non-profit organizations, Save the American Salmon and Idaho Voice, where she has been steadfast in her efforts to save the endangered Chinook salmon from extinction, educate Idaho voters and increase civic engagement.

A seat in the U.S. Senate is an exceptional fit for Jordan, as she is often called to lead on national public policy issues. Recently, the Democratic National Committee created a Council on Environment and Climate Crisis and appointed Jordan as the Director of Native American Engagement on the Executive Council.

“Paulette Jordan is a visionary leader and tireless advocate for the environment. We are thrilled she is serving in this leadership role on the Council and know her knowledge, passion, commitment and dedication to this issue, her community and our nation will be critical to our success,” said the Founder and Chair of the DNC Council on Environment and Climate Crisis, Michelle Regalado Deatrick.

As a nationally recognized leader on women’s issues, Jordan will speak at the National Federation of Democratic Women Western Regional Conference in Nevada this coming weekend. She recently served as a lead organizer and master of ceremonies for the 2020 Women’s March in Boise, a movement aimed at harnessing the political power of diverse women and advocating for legislation and policies that support human rights. 


The first major campaign event kicking off the Paulette Jordan for U.S. Senate campaign will take place in Boise later this month. More about the event and Ms. Jordan’s positions on policy issues can be found online at