BOISE (AP) – Former Idaho Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state lawmaker Paulette Jordan has announced she’s challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Risch. Jordan announced Friday plans to run against the two-term senator.
Jordan in 2018 became the first woman to become the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Idaho but lost in the general election to Republican Brad Little. The 40-year-old Jordan is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.
She’s a former two-term state representative with a long history of working on the tribal council. She’ll face a difficult task in red-state Idaho, where the entire Congressional delegation is Republican and all five statewide elected offices are held by Republicans.