Paul Amador standing on the shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene

“Paul Amador... is a Republican with outstanding academic credentials, a deep understanding of issues based on his own research rather than someone else’s political persuasiveness, and a strong desire to bring out the best for all of Idaho...”

- Coeur d’Alene Press Editorial


Paul Amador with his extended family on Lake Coeur d'Alene.

Paul grew up on a small family farm where he learned the lessons about a hard day’s work and developed an appreciation and connection with the land. He worked multiple jobs during college to help pay his way through school, including working for a dairy processing facility, a large tree nursery, and an agricultural chemical company


  • B.S., Agricultural Economics

  • M.A., Educational Leadership

  • Ph.D., Educational Leadership


Community Service

  • Heritage Health, Board of Directors

  • Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission, Board Member

  • Coeur d'Alene Economic Development Corporation, Board Member

  • North Idaho Tourism Summit, Chair

  • Educate Idaho Network, Team Member

  • Kootenai County "Top 30" Under 40

  • Coeur d’Alene School District Mentorship Program Speaker


Proven Leadership

  •  Legislative Committees:

    • Joint Apporopriations & Finance​

    • Environment, Energy & Technology; Vice Chair

    • Judiciary, Rules & Administration

    • Joint Legislative Oversight

  • University of Idaho Affiliate Faculty, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

  • Human Behavior Researcher, Author, and Speaker

  • University of Idaho Leadership Academy, Graduate

  • Former Director of Program Development, University of Idaho

  • Small Business Owner, Amador Education Consulting and Development LLC & Trinity Farms

Paul and Julie Amador (Center), with family
The Amador Family

and developed educational programs that have spurred the economic development of the communities in which he worked. He previously worked for the University of Idaho in Coeur d’Alene, as the Director of Program Planning and Development.  


Paul currently owns and operates an education and development consulting business with his wife and owns a small family farm with his brother and sister.


While working over the past dozen years, Paul spent time earning both a Master’s and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership to better shape his understanding of the educational system.


He has been proud to call North Idaho home for the  past six years, coming to love the many wonderful aspects of living in “God’s Country.” His wife, Julie, has family who grew up in North Idaho and currently live locally, in Post Falls. Paul and Julie welcomed their first child, Peter, in September of 2017. Paul has been active in various community groups including those focused on community activism, tourism, healthcare, the arts, and economic development.


For fun, Paul enjoys spending time at one of our community’s true Gems, the Kroc Center, where you can find him bright and early almost every morning. He also enjoys hiking in our local mountains, playing Parks and Rec softball, and most importantly, spending time with his wife and son.To learn more about Paul send him an email at


where he spent time building railroads.


During college, Paul met his future wife Julie, through mutual friends. Paul and Julie quickly fell in love and were married soon after graduation, celebrating their 14th wedding anniversary this past January.


For the past dozen years, Paul has been working as an administrator at multiple colleges and universities throughout the United States where he has helped support students

Paul Amador with recreational softball team.
Coeur d'Alene Recreation Softball Team