Luke Mayville grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho. He has a PhD in political science and recently taught political philosophy at Columbia University and authored a book on President John Adams.
In 2017, he co-founded Reclaim Idaho, a grassroots organization that works to secure fully-funded public schools, protected public lands, and healthcare for working families. Reclaim Idaho filed the petition to put Medicaid Expansion on the ballot in Idaho and then led the successful “Medicaid for Idaho” petition drive, which eventually resulted in Medicaid coverage for over 100,000 Idahoans.
Reclaim Idaho recently brought a lawsuit to the Idaho Supreme Court, asking the court to strike down a new law by the Idaho Legislature that many believe would make future ballot initiatives virtually impossible. Reclaim Idaho is currently collecting signatures for the Quality Education Act, a ballot initiative that would increase funding for Idaho K-12 education by $300 million annually.