Lori Otter is a familiar name in Idaho. As the former First Lady of the Gem State from 2007 to 2019, Lori is now one of Idaho’s foremost luxury real estate agents. If you are looking to buy or sell, nobody knows Idaho like Lori.

Growing up in the rural community of Kimberly, Lori attended Idaho schools for her undergrad and graduate studies. In 1991, she won the Miss Idaho USA title and went on to represent Idaho in the Miss USA pageant.

After graduation, she taught English, health, and physical education for K-12 in Idaho’s public education system, with a competitive passion for coaching junior high and high school girls basketball and volleyball for 13 years in the Meridian School District. Coaching three  State Champion teams at Centennial High School.

When her husband, Governor Butch Otter retired, Lori’s tenure as First Lady ended, but she continued to pursue public service. Today, she actively participates in nonprofit capacities throughout Idaho, including projects with the United Way, Boise Chamber of Commerce, Idaho Rural Partnership, Ada County Meridian Boys and Girls Club, “See, Tell, NOW!”, Special Olympics World Games. Currently, she is now serving as Chief Executive Director of Idaho Women in Leadership. In other words, Lori remains committed to serving the communities of Idaho.

Real estate is where Lori has found her greatest success across the state in her third career. . In her first year in the industry, she ranked in the top 14% of agents and earned placement in the Honor Society at Berkshire Hathaway. In her second year, she received her Certified Luxury Marketing Home Specialist designation and was on the Honor Roll again. She approaches real estate and serves her clients with the same commitment and purpose she displayed as First Lady, helping Idahoans achieve their real estate goals and dreams.

Beyond her real estate experience, educational pursuits, and volunteer efforts, Lori has also co-written five children’s book about Idaho History and the State Capital. When she isn’t with her clients, she enjoys riding horses and team roping with her husband at her ranch in Star.

She also competes in Mountain Trail Horse Challenges, where she won Rookie rider on her horse Rock her first year. When and if she finds a free moment, you might find her on the tennis court or at her easel, painting Idaho in award-winning watercolors and multi media acrylic.


  • Masters of Curriculum and Instruction/Administrative Leadership from Northwest Nazarene University
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Health Education and English from Boise State University
  • Associate of Art in English Literature from College of Southern Idaho

Awards, Certifications, & Memberships

  • 2019-2020 & 2020-2021 Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Honor Society
    • Gold Award for $5,000,000 + in Sales
  • Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist 2019
  • Graduate Leadership Boise Class 2021
  • Graduate Idaho Realtors Leadership Academy Class 2021
  • St. Alphonsus Foundation Board Member
  • Truth208 Founder and Board Member
  • Idaho National Guard Minute Man Award
  • Idaho Star Author Award
  • Boise State Distinguished Alumni Award
  • School Safety Ambassador Recognition Award
  • Zion’s Bank Distinguished Administrative Leadership Award
  • Idaho Libraries Distinguished Service award
  • Miss Idaho USA 1991
  • Miss World America 1992
  • Inductee Idaho Basketball Hall of Fame 2014
  • Idaho Woman of the Year 2016
  • Idaho State University Business Leader of the Year 2021