Paulette is a businesswoman. She launched a successful marketing company in 1988 at the age of 21, during a time when there weren’t many women-owned businesses. She grew the company into a multi-million dollar business, creating hundreds of jobs in her local community.
In 2000, Paulette ran for the Board of Education in her local community. She won the election and served on the Board of Education until 2008.
In 2006, Paulette launched a successful community magazine to highlight businesses and events in her local community while continuing to run her marketing company.
In 2010, she ran for the Georgia House of Representatives in a challenging race, unseating an incumbent legislator. She had a strong grassroots team and worked hard to win the seat against the odds.
She currently serves as the State Representative for her district. In 2014, Paulette got H.B. 794, the Compact for America Balanced Budget Amendment passed in the State of Georgia with the help of fellow legislator Andy Welch, The Goldwater Institute, the Compact for America and the head of the Tea Party in Georgia.
Rep. Rakestraw has served in board positions for the American Marketing Association Atlanta chapter and the Atlanta Direct Marketing Association. She received a Distinguished Sales & Marketing Executive award in 1997 from the Sales & Marketing Executives Association.
Paulette has been written about in several books, was featured on ABC’s 20/20 and has been featured in magazines and newspapers for her success in business as a young female entrepreneur.
Paulette is a graduate of the 2005 Leadership Cobb program and a 2011 graduate of the Leadership Paulding program.
She is a mother of three grown children and a former member of her local Rotary Club. She has served as a judge for the state DECA awards competition in Atlanta. Paulette earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Communication from Kennesaw State University.