Martin Bilbao understands how Idaho politics works – both inside and outside the halls of the State Capitol. An Idaho native, Martin has played key leadership roles in successful statewide campaigns and has extensive experience advocating for interests before the state legislature and state government. Martin knows the people and understands the process that drives public policy decisions in Idaho.
During the 2014 election, Martin served as Finance Director for Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s successful re-election campaign where he raised nearly $2.5 million helping Otter secure a third term. In 2010, he managed the successful campaign for Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little.
From 2007 through 2013, Martin represented clients before the Idaho legislature and state government, building relationships with state lawmakers and state agencies, creating legislative strategies, and tracking and drafting legislation. From 2010 to 2013 Bilbao worked for Education Networks of America and from 2007 to 2010 he represented a diverse roster of clients at the State Capitol for Idaho government relations firm Connolly & Smyser Chartered.
Martin earned his Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Media at the University of Idaho. He also studied at the Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (University of the Basque Country) in Bilbao, Spain. Martin currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Basque Foundation, Inc.
“To successfully work with elected officials and government agencies, it is critical to understand the system. I’ve spent years learning the dynamics at play in Idaho and building strong relationships with the state’s elected officials so I can help my clients navigate the process and help them achieve their goals.”
State and local lobbying
Political campaigns and fundraising
Nearly a decade of lobbying and campaign experience
Finance director, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter
Campaign manager, Lt. Governor Brad Little
Idaho Republican Party finance and political director