Raúl Labrador

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Raúl Labrador
Raúl Labrador, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Walt Minnick
Member of the Idaho House of Representatives
from the 14B district
In office
December 2006 – December 2010
Preceded by Stan Bastian
Succeeded by Reed DeMordaunt
Personal details
Born Raúl Rafael Labrador
(1967-12-08) December 8, 1967 (age 46)
Carolina, Puerto Rico, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Rebecca Johnson (1991–present)
Children 4 sons
1 daughter
Alma mater Brigham Young University
University of Washington, Seattle
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)

Raúl Rafael Labrador (born December 8, 1967) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Idaho's 1st congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. His district is in western Idaho and includes parts of Boise as well as the cities of Meridian, Coeur d'Alene, Moscow, Sandpoint, Lewiston, Bonners Ferry, McCall, Caldwell, Nampa, Emmett, Parma, Weiser, and Eagle. Labrador previously represented District 14B in the Idaho House of Representatives.

Early life, education, and law career[edit]

Labrador was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, on December 8, 1967. He received a B.A. in Spanish with an emphasis in Latin American literature from Brigham Young University in 1992. Labrador later received a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. He practiced law and immigration law in private practice from 1995 until his election to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2006.[1][2]

Idaho legislature[edit]

Labrador was elected to represent the 14th district in the Idaho House of Representatives in 2006. While in the state legislature, he was a leader in the successful fight against the attempt to increase the state gasoline tax.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Labrador speaking in February 2011.



On May 25, 2010, Labrador defeated military veteran Vaughn Ward in the Republican primary 48%-39%, in what was widely considered a major upset.[3][4][5] In the general election, Labrador defeated Democratic incumbent Walt Minnick 51%-41%.[6]


Labrador was challenged in the Republican primary by Reed McCandless, but defeated him 81%-19%.[7] In the general election, Labrador won reelection to a second term, defeating former NFL wide receiver Jimmy Farris, 63%-31%.[8]


On August 14, 2013, Labrador decided not to challenge incumbent governor Butch Otter in the Republican primary, instead running for reelection to a third term. Labrador stated, “Butch Otter could do a better job. Hopefully with the leadership of the Legislature they can do a better job.”[9][10]

On August 19, 2013, Democratic State Representative Shirley Ringo decided to challenge Labrador instead of running for an eighth term.[11]


Days after the election he sharply criticized losing presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comments about Hispanics.[12]


Labrador was a member of the "Group of Eight," a bipartisan group of House members working on immigration reform legislation,[13] but on June 5, 2013, Labrador left the negotiations because he wanted language in the bill requiring that undocumented immigrants be responsible for their own health care costs.[14] Labrador said he would use his position on the House Judiciary Committee to pass immigration reform legislation. On June 18, 2013, he joined a majority of his Judiciary Committee colleagues in voting for the "SAFE Act" to bolster interior enforcement of immigration laws.[15] On June 19, 2013, he joined a majority of his Judiciary Committee colleagues in voting for the "AG Act" to improve the temporary agricultural guest worker program.[16]

Health Care

Labrador supports the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act because he claims it will raise costs and kill jobs. He believes the best way to give Americans more affordable health insurance is with market-based policies that will decrease healthcare costs.


In October 2011, Labrador introduced the American Education Act, intended to address the lack of students entering high-tech fields such as engineering and medical technology by providing incentives to do so. The bill would also allow foreign students in these fields who had job offers from American companies to acquire residency.[17] In addition, while in the Idaho State House of Representatives, Labrador made clear his support for virtual education by voting for several bills to fund online education within the state of Idaho.[18]


Labrador believes alternative energy sources should be explored, including nuclear, hydroelectric, carbon neutral biomass, wind, solar and geothermal,[19] but opposes government subsidies for the development of these resources, saying they will develop on their own.[20] He has made clear that he thinks the government needs to decrease regulation of geothermal energy, claiming Idaho's development of it is being impeded by governmental regulation, and has sponsored legislation to relax the regulations.[21]

Fiscal policy

In July 2012 Labrador supported extending the budget for an extra six months in order to "prevent a crisis."[22]


Labrador voted against the farm bill on June 20, 2013.

Second Amendment

Labrador believes that the Second Amendment guarantees individuals the right to keep and bear arms, and opposes all legislation that infringes on the right of law-abiding citizens to own a gun.

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Labrador lives in Eagle, Idaho, with his wife, Rebecca, and their five children.[23] He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,[24] the first Mormon to represent Idaho's 1st district.


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

  1. ^ "Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present.". 
  2. ^ PARKER, ASHLEY and JULIA PRESTON (6 June 2013). "In House, Immigration Spurs Push by G.O.P". NYT. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=512944
  4. ^ U.S. House Dist. 1 GOP KTVB.com Accessed June 1, 2010
  5. ^ Kraushaar, Josh (2010-05-26). "Rep. Raul Labrador wins Idaho primary upset". Politico. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  6. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=488779
  7. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=751352
  8. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=705005
  9. ^ http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/raul-labrador-idaho-95547.html
  10. ^ http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2013/08/14/rep-raul-labrador-to-seek-re-election-ends-speculation-about-run-for-governor/
  11. ^ http://m.lmtribune.com/blogs/political_theater/article_e38ee948-0913-11e3-852e-0019bb30f31a.html
  12. ^ Dag Eggen (17 November 2012). "Romney sinks quickly in Republicans’ esteem". Washington Post. 
  13. ^ Bloomberg article on Labrador's role in immigration reform
  14. ^ "Conservative Labrador quits House immigration group". The HIll. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "LABRADOR VOTES FOR SAFE ACT AT JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MARKUP". Labrador website. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "LABRADOR VOTES FOR AG ACT AT JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MARKUP". Labrador website. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  17. ^ http://votesmart.org/public-statement/645739/labrador-introduces-american-innovation-and-education-act
  18. ^ http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/57391/raul-labrador/27/education
  19. ^ http://votesmart.org/public-statement/631848/issue-position-natural-resources-and-energy
  20. ^ http://votesmart.org/public-statement/610084/pompeo-labrador-introduce-new-resolution-targeting-all-energy-subsidies
  21. ^ http://votesmart.org/public-statement/626731/house-committee-passes-labrador-geothermal-energy-bill
  22. ^ "Conservatives Down with a CR". National Journal. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  23. ^ Labrador bio from his campaign website
  24. ^ Deseret News, June 2, 2010

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Walter Minnick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 1st congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Adam Kinzinger
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
James Lankford