Idaho State Director
U.S.D.A. Rural Development
Shoshone Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation
Born and raised in Nampa, Idaho, Rudy Soto is a member of the Shoshone Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation and the son of a farmworker. He is a proud veteran of the United States Army National Guard. Rudy’s professional experience includes working in the fields of economic development, public health, conservation, and child welfare. He previously served as a legislative staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives and covered energy, environment, agriculture, education, transportation, and tribal issues as part of his portfolio. Rudy received his bachelor's degree from Portland State University. Most recently, Soto worked for Western Leaders Network, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization of local and tribal elected officials across the Interior West focused on protecting public lands, water and air. Rudy’s recent run for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District allowed him to learn firsthand about the distinct challenges people face in each region of the State. His campaign RV tour took him to every county throughout Western and Northern Idaho where he held town halls and meet & greets to discuss solutions to longstanding rural issues. He is passionate about serving rural communities like the ones he comes from in Idaho and ensuring people from all walks of life have access to affordable housing, broadband, and pathways out of poverty.