BOISE -- Idaho State Rep. Paulette Jordan announced early Wednesday morning that she is officially stepping down from her District 5 legislative seat to concentrate full-time on running for governor.
“It has been my privilege to be elected by and to serve the people of the fifth district since 2014,” Jordan said in a press release. “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.”
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will appoint a Democratic replacement to take over the rest of Jordan's legislative term, which ends in November. Jordan was twice elected tot eh House seat - most recently in 2016 - and served on the House Environment, Energy & Technology, Resources & Conservation and State Affairs committees.
Her district covers Benewah and Latah counties in North Idaho.
Jordan, 34, announced her intention to run for governor as a Democrat in December. If elected, she would make history as Idaho's first female governor and the nation's first Native American governor.