|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Idaho's 1st district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Raúl Labrador|
|Member of the Idaho Senate|
January 2005 – December 1, 2014
|Preceded by||Jack Noble|
|Succeeded by||Lori Den Hartog|
|Constituency||21st district (2005–12)|
22nd district (2012–14)
Russell Mark Fulcher
March 9, 1962
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
Kara (div. 2018)
|Education||Boise State University (BA, MBA)|
Russell Mark Fulcher (born March 9, 1962) is an American politician, currently serving as the U.S. Representative for Idaho's 1st congressional district. A Republican, he previously served in the Idaho Senate where he represented Legislative District 21 from 2005 to 2012 and Legislative District 22 from 2012 until 2014. Fulcher ran for the position of Governor of Idaho in 2014 but narrowly lost the nomination to incumbent Butch Otter. He was elected to the U.S. House in the 2018 elections and succeeded incumbent Raúl Labrador, who retired from Congress to run, unsuccessfully, for Governor of Idaho.
- 1 Personal life and career
- 2 Idaho Senate
- 3 U.S House of Representatives
- 4 Electoral History
- 5 Other political campaigns
- 6 Awards and recognition
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Personal life and career
A fourth-generation Idahoan, Russ Fulcher was born in Boise, Idaho but grew up on a dairy farm in Meridian, Idaho. He married Kara Fulcher and together they have three children. The couple were divorced in 2018. Fulcher 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.
While a member of the Idaho legislature, Fulcher worked as a broker in the commercial real estate business. Prior to that, he was in Idaho's technology industry doing business in 47 countries for 24 years. Fulcher spent much of that time working in international business development with Micron Technology.
Idaho Senate District 21
In 2005, Fulcher was appointed by Governor Dirk Kempthorne to the Idaho State Senate representing Idaho's 21st Legislative District, which encompasses large portions 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.
Idaho Senate District 22
He served has State Senate Majority Caucus Leader from 2008 to 2012, and from 2013 to 2014.
Fulcher served on the following Committees:
- Senate Education Committee (Member)
- Senate State Affairs Committee (Vice-Chairman)
U.S House of Representatives
2018 General election
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. Fulcher won 18 of 19 counties in Idaho's 1st congressional district. He was one of two candidates to win his home county.
- Committee on Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife(Republican Deputy Leader)
- Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
- Committee on Education and Labor
|Republican||David H. Leroy||15,451||15.6|
|Libertarian||W. Scott Howard||5,435||1.7|
|Constitution||Marvin "Pro-Life" Richardson||3,181||1.0|
|Independent||Michael J. Rath (write-in)||91||0.0|
Other political campaigns
2014 gubernatorial race
On November 23, 2013, Fulcher officially announced his intention to run against incumbent governor Butch Otter in the 2014 Idaho gubernatorial election. Fulcher was endorsed by Congressman Raúl Labrador.
Fulcher lost against Otter in the Republican primary in May 2014, earning 43.6% of the vote.
2016 presidential election
2018 gubernatorial race
Awards and recognition
- Dan Popkey, Twenty years and a revolution in the Republican Party separate Otter and Fulcher, The Idaho Statesman
- "Who Is Russ Fulcher?". Idaho Statesman. November 25, 2013.
- "2012 General Results Legislative". www.sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
- "2012 General Results Legislative". www.sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
- Miller, John. "Denney ousted as house speaker". Argus Observer. Ontario, OR. Associated Press. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Russ Fulcher - Biography
- "Russ Fulcher makes it official: He's leaving Idaho governor's race to run for Congress". idahostatesman. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- "Fulcher drops out of guv race, switches to 1st CD, winning Labrador's endorsement". Spokesman.com. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- "Fulcher shifts gears, runs for Congress". Idaho Education News. June 15, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- "Ted Cruz Endorses Russ Fulcher in Idaho Congressional Race". US News And World Report. March 18, 2018. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
- Almukhtar, Sarah (May 15, 2018). "Idaho Primary Election Results". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
- "Idaho Secretary of State-US Representative District 1 - by County".
- "Home | W. SCOTT HOWARD FOR IDAHO". www.wsh4idaho.org. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
- Almukhtar, Sarah (January 5, 2019). "Idaho Election Results: First House District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
- "Sen. Russ Fulcher announces for governor". idahostatesman. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
- "Raul Labrador backs Russ Fulcher for Idaho governor". Spokesman.com. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
- "Statewide Totals". www.sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
- "Idaho's Semanko: GOP floor fight not about dumping Trump | Idaho Statesman". www.idahostatesman.com. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
- Idahoans for Liberty Campaign 2016 (November 8, 2016), Russ Fulcher Idaho leading on States Rights, retrieved May 2, 2017
- "Russ Fulcher explains his qualifications for Idaho governor". idahostatesman. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
- "Russ Fulcher for Governor 2018 - YouTube". June 14, 2017. Archived from the original on June 14, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- Russ Fulcher (June 14, 2017), "Russ Fulcher For Congress | My Annnouncement", youtube.com, retrieved June 15, 2017
- "Wayback Machine". May 2, 2017. Archived from the original on May 2, 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Russ Fulcher.|
- Congressman Russ Fulcher official U.S. House website
- Russ Fulcher for Congress
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Financial details at the National Institute on Money in State Politics
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 1st congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority
|116th||Senate: M. Crapo | J. Risch||House: M. Simpson | R. Fulcher|