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.
Before joining Bilbao & Co., Martin was a principal at Gallatin Public Affairs and lead the government affairs division in the Boise office.
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 Martin 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 got his first taste of politics working for the Idaho Republican Party.
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 served as President of the Basque Foundation, Inc. and he currently on the Board of Directors.