Russ FulcherRuss Fulcher – ID1

Current Position: US Representative since 2019
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: State Senator from 2005 – 2014

Other Positions:  
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands

Quotes:
DOI’s decision to move the Bureau of Land Management HQ back to D.C. is disappointing and poorly thought out. 99% of lands managed by BLM are located west of the Mississippi River and 97% of BLM employees already live in the western US. Sept. 24, 2021

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Two more Idaho lawmakers have pledged to fight a COVID-19 vaccination and testing plan unveiled by President Joe Biden last week. U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher and Idaho Speaker of the House Scott Bedke, both Republicans, issued statements on Monday bashing the policy just hours before Biden was set to arrive in Boise to visit the National Interagency Fire Center.

On Thursday, Biden announced that many employers — private-sector businesses, health care entities, federal contractors and the federal executive branch — with more than 100 employees must require COVID-19 vaccinations or conduct weekly testing for employees who refuse. The policy comes as COVID-19 cases are surging across the U.S., including in Idaho.

Bedke, a state representative from Oakley who is running for lieutenant governor, issued a statement Monday saying he will work with other state legislators to try to block the mandates. He said Biden’s plans “fly in the face of all we hold dear in Idaho.”

Fulcher, who represents Idaho’s 1st congressional district covering North and West Idaho, tweeted his criticisms shortly after 9 a.m. Monday.

“After repeatedly telling the American people that there would be no nationwide vaccine mandates, the Biden administration has reversed course and instead embraced the notion that families and businesses cannot be trusted to make their own health decisions,” Fulcher wrote.

He called the plan “unAmerican” and said it could be “the nail in the coffin” for small businesses already languishing under a nationwide labor shortage and the effects of “draconian lockdown measures.” Idaho has not had a lockdown measure in more than a year, and Biden has not issued one for the country.

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Current Position: US Representative since 2019
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: State Senator from 2005 – 2014

Other Positions:  
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands

Quotes:
DOI’s decision to move the Bureau of Land Management HQ back to D.C. is disappointing and poorly thought out. 99% of lands managed by BLM are located west of the Mississippi River and 97% of BLM employees already live in the western US. Sept. 24, 2021

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Rep. Fulcher Defends Pro-Life Protections in Hearing with HHS Secretary Becerra

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Two more Idaho lawmakers have pledged to fight a COVID-19 vaccination and testing plan unveiled by President Joe Biden last week. U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher and Idaho Speaker of the House Scott Bedke, both Republicans, issued statements on Monday bashing the policy just hours before Biden was set to arrive in Boise to visit the National Interagency Fire Center.

On Thursday, Biden announced that many employers — private-sector businesses, health care entities, federal contractors and the federal executive branch — with more than 100 employees must require COVID-19 vaccinations or conduct weekly testing for employees who refuse. The policy comes as COVID-19 cases are surging across the U.S., including in Idaho.

Bedke, a state representative from Oakley who is running for lieutenant governor, issued a statement Monday saying he will work with other state legislators to try to block the mandates. He said Biden’s plans “fly in the face of all we hold dear in Idaho.”

Fulcher, who represents Idaho’s 1st congressional district covering North and West Idaho, tweeted his criticisms shortly after 9 a.m. Monday.

“After repeatedly telling the American people that there would be no nationwide vaccine mandates, the Biden administration has reversed course and instead embraced the notion that families and businesses cannot be trusted to make their own health decisions,” Fulcher wrote.

He called the plan “unAmerican” and said it could be “the nail in the coffin” for small businesses already languishing under a nationwide labor shortage and the effects of “draconian lockdown measures.” Idaho has not had a lockdown measure in more than a year, and Biden has not issued one for the country.

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About

Russ Fulcher 1

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Congressman Russ Fulcher, a fourth-generation Idahoan, grew up on a dairy farm in Meridian, Idaho. He graduated from Meridian High School, earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in business from Boise State University, and obtained additional certifications in electronic engineering.

Congressman Fulcher spent 24 years in the technology sector, including at Micron Technology and Preco Electronics. He sold Idaho products in 60 countries around the world and in every state in America.

During the ten years Rep. Fulcher served in the Idaho Senate, six years were spent as Majority Caucus Chair. His signature legislation, the grocery tax credit, has returned some $800 million to Idaho’s hard-working families and constitutes the largest tax cut in Idaho’s history. In addition, Congressman Fulcher served on the Senate State Affairs and Education Committees where he fought tirelessly to protect the rights of individual Idahoans, to limit government influence in our lives, to ease our tax burden, and to restore our God-given liberties.

Serving in the U.S. House of Representatives since January 2019, Congressman Fulcher currently serves as the Republican Deputy Leader of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans, a member of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands, a member of the Education and Labor Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, and a member of the Education and Labor Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.

Committees   

The House Committee on Natural Resources

  • Ranking Member, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
  • Member of the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife

To learn more about the Natural Resources Committee and Subcommittees, click here.

The House Committee on Education and Labor

  • Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services
  • Member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment

To learn more about the Education and Labor Committee and Subcommittees, click here. 

Congressional Caucuses and Groups

  • Values Action Team (VAT)
  • 2nd Amendment Caucus
  • Fertilizer Caucus
  • Working Forests Caucus
  • House Energy Action Team (HEAT)
  • Western Caucus
  • Pro-Life Caucus
  • House Freedom Caucus
  • Republican Study Committee

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Offices

Washington, DC Office
1520 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6611

Meridian Office
33 East Broadway Avenue, Suite 251
Meridian, ID 83642
Phone: (208) 888-3188
Fax: (208) 888-0894

Lewiston Office
313 D Street, Suite 107
Lewiston, ID 83501
Phone: (208) 743-1388

Coeur d’Alene Office
1250 West Ironwood Drive, Suite 200
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
Phone: (208) 667-0127
Fax: (208) 667-0310

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Wikipedia entry

Russell Mark Fulcher[1] (born March 9, 1962) is an American businessman and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Idaho’s 1st congressional district since 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he represented the 21st district in the Idaho Senate from 2005 to 2012 and the 22nd district from 2012 until 2014.

Fulcher ran for governor of Idaho in 2014 but narrowly lost the nomination to Butch Otter. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018, succeeding incumbent Raúl Labrador, who retired from Congress to run, unsuccessfully, for governor of Idaho.

Early life and education

A fourth-generation Idahoan, Fulcher was born in Boise, Idaho, but grew up on a dairy farm in Meridian, Idaho. He received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from Boise State University in 1984 and 1988, respectively. He also completed a course on electronic engineering through Micron Technology.

Career

While a member of the Idaho legislature, Fulcher worked as a broker in the commercial real estate business. Before that, he was involved in Idaho’s technology industry. Fulcher spent much of that time working in international business development with Micron Technology.[citation needed]

Idaho Senate

Idaho Senate District 21

In 2005, Governor Dirk Kempthorne appointed Fulcher to the Idaho State Senate, representing the 21st legislative district, which encompasses large parts of Boise, Meridian and Kuna, to replace Jack Noble, who resigned after a conflict of interest. Fulcher was first elected in 2006 and served through 2012.[2][3]

Idaho Senate District 22

Fulcher represented District 22 in the Idaho Senate from 2012 to 2014.[4] He served as Majority Caucus Leader from 2008 to 2012 and from 2013 to 2014.[5]

Committees

Fulcher served on the following committees:

  • Senate Education Committee (Member)
  • Senate State Affairs Committee (Vice-chairman)[6]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

On June 15, 2017, Fulcher announced that he would seek the Republican nomination for Idaho’s 1st congressional district in the 2018 election.[7][8]

He was endorsed by the incumbent representative, Raúl Labrador,[9] and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.[10]

Fulcher won the Idaho Republican Party primary with 43.1% of the vote, defeating David H. Leroy, Luke Malek, Christy Perry, Michael Snyder, Alex Gallegos, and Nick Henderson.[11] Fulcher won 18 of 19 counties in Idaho’s 1st congressional district. He was one of two candidates to win his home county.[12]

He won the general election in November with 62.7% of the vote, defeating Cristina McNeil[11] (Democrat), W. Scott Howard[13] (Libertarian), and Marvin “Pro-Life” Richardson (Constitution).[14]

2020

Fulcher was reelected on November 3, 2020, with 67.8% of the vote, defeating Rudy Soto (Democrat) and Joe Evans (Libertarian).

Tenure

In December 2020, Fulcher was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated[15] incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[16][17][18]

On January 12, 2021, Fulcher allegedly assaulted a female Capitol security officer after setting off a metal detector outside the House floor, triggering an investigation by the U.S. Capitol Police.[19]

Big Tech

In 2022, Fulcher was one of 39 Republicans to vote for the Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2022, an antitrust package that would crack down on corporations for anti-competitive behavior.[20][21]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Idaho Gubernatorial Republican Primary, 2014[23]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Butch Otter (incumbent) 79,779 51.4
RepublicanRuss Fulcher67,69443.6
RepublicanHarley Brown5,0843.3
RepublicanWalt Bayes2,7531.8
Total votes155,310 100.0
Idaho 1st Congressional District Republican Primary, 2018[24]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Russ Fulcher 42,793 43.1
RepublicanDavid H. Leroy15,45115.6
RepublicanLuke Malek14,15414.3
RepublicanChristy Perry11,11011.2
RepublicanMichael Snyder10,25510.3
RepublicanAlex Gallegos3,4783.5
RepublicanNick Henderson2,0032.0
Total votes99,244 100.0
Idaho 1st Congressional District General Election, 2018[24]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Russ Fulcher 197,167 62.7
DemocraticCristina McNeil96,93230.8
IndependentNatalie Fleming6,1882.0
LibertarianW. Scott Howard5,4351.7
IndependentPaul Farmer4,4791.4
ConstitutionMarvin “Pro-Life” Richardson3,1811.0
IndependentGordon Counsil1,0540.3
IndependentMichael J. Rath (write-in)910.0
Total votes314,527 100.0
Republican hold
Idaho 1st Congressional District Republican Primary, 2020[24]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Russ Fulcher (incumbent) 93,879 79.9
RepublicanNicholas Jones23,65720.1
Total votes117,536 100.0
Idaho 1st Congressional District General Election, 2020[24]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Russ Fulcher (incumbent) 310,736 67.8
DemocraticRudy Soto131,38028.7
LibertarianJoe Evans16,4533.6
Write-insPro-Life70.0
Total votes458,576 100.0
Republican hold

Other political campaigns

2014 gubernatorial race

On November 23, 2013, Fulcher announced his intention to run against incumbent governor Butch Otter in the 2014 Idaho gubernatorial election.[25] He was endorsed by Congressman Raúl Labrador.[26]

Fulcher lost to Otter in the May 2014 Republican primary, earning 43.6% of the vote.[27]

2016 presidential election

Fulcher was a Ted Cruz delegate at the 2016 Republican National Convention.[28] He supported Donald Trump in the general election.[29]

2018 gubernatorial race

Fulcher announced on August 24, 2016, that he was running for governor.[30][31]

On June 15, 2017, he announced that he was dropping out of the 2018 Idaho gubernatorial election and would instead run for Idaho’s 1st congressional district in the 2018 cycle.[32]

Personal life

Fulcher was married to Kara Fulcher from 1987 to 2018. They have three adult children.[33]

References

  1. ^ Dan Popkey, Twenty years and a revolution in the Republican Party separate Otter and Fulcher, The Idaho Statesman
  2. ^ “Who Is Russ Fulcher?”. Idaho Statesman. November 25, 2013.
  3. ^ “2012 General Results Legislative”. www.sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  4. ^ “2012 General Results Legislative”. www.sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Miller, John. “Denney ousted as house speaker”. Argus Observer. Ontario, OR. Associated Press. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  6. ^ Project Vote Smart – Senator Russ Fulcher – Biography
  7. ^ “Russ Fulcher makes it official: He’s leaving Idaho governor’s race to run for Congress”. idahostatesman. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  8. ^ “Fulcher drops out of guv race, switches to 1st CD, winning Labrador’s endorsement”. Spokesman.com. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  9. ^ “Fulcher shifts gears, runs for Congress”. Idaho Education News. June 15, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  10. ^ “Ted Cruz Endorses Russ Fulcher in Idaho Congressional Race”. U.S. News & World Report. March 18, 2018. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Almukhtar, Sarah (May 15, 2018). “Idaho Primary Election Results”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  12. ^ “Idaho Secretary of State-US Representative District 1 – by County”.
  13. ^ “Home | W. SCOTT HOWARD FOR IDAHO”. www.wsh4idaho.org. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  14. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (January 5, 2019). “Idaho Election Results: First House District”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  15. ^ Blood, Michael R.; Riccardi, Nicholas (December 5, 2020). “Biden officially secures enough electors to become president”. AP News. Archived from the original on December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  16. ^ Liptak, Adam (December 11, 2020). “Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  17. ^ “Order in Pending Case” (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. December 11, 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  18. ^ Diaz, Daniella. “Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court”. CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  19. ^ Police investigating Fulcher’s physical contact with officer witness says, Lewiston Tribune, Hayat Norimine, February 18, 2021. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  20. ^ “House passes antitrust bill that hikes M&A fees as larger efforts targeting tech have stalled”. CNBC.
  21. ^ “H.R. 3843: Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2022 — House Vote #460 — Sep 29, 2022”.
  22. ^ “Membership”. Republican Study Committee. Retrieved March 30, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  23. ^ “Russell M. Fulcher (R)”. Idaho Secretary of State’s Office. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  24. ^ a b c d “Russ Fulcher (R)”. Idaho Secretary of State’s Office. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  25. ^ “Sen. Russ Fulcher announces for governor”. idahostatesman. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  26. ^ “Raul Labrador backs Russ Fulcher for Idaho governor”. Spokesman.com. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  27. ^ “Statewide Totals”. www.sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  28. ^ “Idaho’s Semanko: GOP floor fight not about dumping Trump | Idaho Statesman”. www.idahostatesman.com. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  29. ^ Idahoans for Liberty Campaign 2016 (November 8, 2016), Russ Fulcher Idaho leading on States Rights, archived from the original on December 15, 2021, retrieved May 2, 2017
  30. ^ “Russ Fulcher explains his qualifications for Idaho governor”. idahostatesman. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  31. ^ “Russ Fulcher for Governor 2018 – YouTube”. YouTube. June 14, 2017. Archived from the original on June 14, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  32. ^ Russ Fulcher (June 14, 2017), “Russ Fulcher For Congress | My Announcement”, youtube.com, retrieved June 15, 2017
  33. ^ “Idaho congressman Russ Fulcher quietly divorced prior to election | The Spokesman-Review”. www.spokesman.com. Retrieved December 29, 2021.

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Finances

FULCHER, RUSSELL M (RUSS) has run in 7 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,771,370.

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Issues

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Government mandates, inadequate cost containment, high drug prices, and lack of price transparency are increasing premiums and deductibles, making insurance unaffordable. Ten years of the Affordable Care Act resulted in skyrocketing health insurance premiums and unsustainable spending.

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The federal government controls 63% of Idaho’s natural resources. This results in complications for outdoor groups accessing our lands and eliminates high-wage job opportunities in our rural communities. The federal government’s inability to afford proper land management also contributes to extreme wildfires that endanger our health and property.

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The Trump Administration’s actions to pass historic tax cuts, reduce burdensome regulations, and prioritize domestic manufacturing and energy production unleashed astounding economic growth for our country.

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Through my 24 years of work in the technology industry, I visited 47 countries and found a similarity between these vastly diverse places– countries protect their borders. Protecting the sovereignty of our nation is one of the few constitutionally-granted responsibilities of Congress, and the security of our border had been neglected for far too long.

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Through my 24 years of work in the technology industry, I visited 47 countries and found a similarity between these vastly diverse places– countries protect their borders. Protecting the sovereignty of our nation is one of the few constitutionally-granted responsibilities of Congress, and the security of our border had been neglected for far too long.

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I am strongly and consistently pro-life — both at the beginning and at the end of life. Life begins at conception, and every unborn child has the inherent right to life. The unborn are the least capable of defending themselves, and in the most desperate need of protection. I have voted against every bill that does not uphold the right to life for the unborn and my first speech on the House floor emphasized my pro-life values and the need to protect the unborn.

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I have always been a staunch defender of the 2nd Amendment and I stand against efforts to erode any American’s constitutional right to bear arms. I will continue to support legislation that advances 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

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I am concerned with America’s ability to counter cyber attacks on the power grid and other critical infrastructure. These sectors are critical to the function of our daily lives and safety: communications, dams, energy, emergency services, food and agriculture, financial services, healthcare, water, transportation, nuclear reactors, among others.

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The U.S. Constitution grants the federal government with the responsibility to protect and defend the people and territory of the United States. A robust defense to protect the sovereignty of the United States is critical to ensure our liberties, freedoms, commerce, and way of life are preserved. I oppose nation-building and excessively long engagements that lack a definition and strategy to win. The job of the military is to fight and win wars to defend our homeland and interests only. These military operations must be approved and supported by a proper act of Congress and led by the U.S. military.

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I am dedicated to helping our veterans. This is not a partisan situation. A country that commits its people to war must be prepared to take care of them once they come home. Idaho has more than 120,000 veterans — about 10.4% of our adult population. We must ensure that they – and veterans across the country – receive the necessary physical and mental care, on-time and in-full benefits, and quick answers to their questions and concerns.

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Russ Fulcher – ID1

Current Position: US Representative since 2019
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: State Senator from 2005 – 2014

Other Positions:  
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands

Quotes:
DOI’s decision to move the Bureau of Land Management HQ back to D.C. is disappointing and poorly thought out. 99% of lands managed by BLM are located west of the Mississippi River and 97% of BLM employees already live in the western US. Sept. 24, 2021

Featured Video:
Rep. Fulcher Defends Pro-Life Protections in Hearing with HHS Secretary Becerra

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Mike Simpson – ID2

Current Position: US Representative of ID-02 since 1999
Affiliation: Republican

Other Positions:  
Ranking member, House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee.

Quotes:
House Dems are working hard to push through their radical pro-abortion bill – which would override state and federal pro-life protections and go far beyond Roe v Wade. We must honor the sanctity and dignity of every life by opposing HR 3755!  Sept. 24, 2021

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