Russ Fulcher
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byRaúl Labrador
Member of the Idaho Senate
In office
January 2005 – December 1, 2014
Preceded byJack Noble
Succeeded byLori Den Hartog
Constituency21st district (2005–2012)
22nd district (2012–2014)
Personal details
Born
Russell Mark Fulcher

(1962-03-09) March 9, 1962 (age 59)
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Kara
(div. 2018)
Children3
EducationBoise State University (BBA, MBA)
WebsiteHouse website

Russell Mark Fulcher[1] (born March 9, 1962) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Idaho's 1st congressional district since 2019. A member of the Republican Party, 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 of Representatives in 2018 and succeeded incumbent Raúl Labrador, who retired from Congress to run, unsuccessfully, for Governor of Idaho.

Early life and education

A fourth-generation Idahoan, Russ Fulcher was born in Boise, Idaho, but grew up on a dairy farm in Meridian, Idaho. 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.

Career

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

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.[2][3]

Idaho Senate District 22

Fulcher then served in the Idaho Senate representing District 22 from 2012 to 2014.[4]

He served has State Senate Majority Caucus Leader from 2008 to 2012, and from 2013 to 2014.[5]

Committees

Fulcher served on the following Committees:

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

See also: 2018 United States House of Representatives elections in Idaho § District 1

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

See also: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Idaho § District 1

Fulcher ran for and won reelection 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 who signed 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 prevailed[15] over 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 the election held by another state.[16][17][18]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of "election subversion." Additionally, Pelosi reprimanded Fulcher and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: "The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions."[19][20] New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, citing section three of the 14th Amendment, called for Pelosi to not seat Fulcher and the other Republicans who signed the brief supporting the suit. Pascrell argued that "the text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that."[21]

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.[22]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Russ Fulcher 42,793 43.1
Republican David H. Leroy 15,451 15.6
Republican Luke Malek 14,154 14.3
Republican Christy Perry 11,110 11.2
Republican Michael Snyder 10,255 10.3
Republican Alex Gallegos 3,478 3.5
Republican Nick Henderson 2,003 2.0
Total votes 99,244 100.0
Idaho's 1st congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Russ Fulcher 197,167 62.7
Democratic Cristina McNeil 96,932 30.8
Independent Natalie Fleming 6,188 2.0
Libertarian W. Scott Howard 5,435 1.7
Independent Paul Farmer 4,479 1.4
Constitution Marvin "Pro-Life" Richardson 3,181 1.0
Independent Gordon Counsil 1,054 0.3
Independent Michael J. Rath (write-in) 91 0.0
Total votes 314,527 100.0
Republican hold

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.[25] Fulcher was endorsed by Congressman Raúl Labrador.[26]

Fulcher lost against Otter in the Republican primary in May 2014, 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

He married Kara Fulcher and together they have three children. The couple was quietly divorced during Russels’s first federal campaign in 2018 due to “acts of adultery.”

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". US News And 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. ^ Smith, David (December 12, 2020). "Supreme court rejects Trump-backed Texas lawsuit aiming to overturn election results". The Guardian. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  20. ^ "Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Rejecting GOP Election Sabotage Lawsuit" (Press release). Speaker Nancy Pelosi. December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  21. ^ Williams, Jordan (December 11, 2020). "Democrat asks Pelosi to refuse to seat lawmakers supporting Trump's election challenges". TheHill. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  22. ^ Police investigating Fulcher's physical contact with officer witness says, Lewiston Tribune, Hayat Norimine, February 18, 2021. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  23. ^ DeSoto, Randy (September 11, 2019). "House Freedom Caucus Elects Rep. Andy Biggs as New Chairman". The Western Journal. Retrieved December 8, 2020. known caucus members have included Reps. Russ Fulcher of Idaho
  24. ^ "Membership". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  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, 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". June 14, 2017. Archived from the original on June 14, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2017.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
Idaho Senate
Preceded by
Jack Noble
Member of the Idaho Senate
from the 21st district

2005–2012
Succeeded by
Cliff Bayer
Preceded by
Tim Corder
Member of the Idaho Senate
from the 22nd district

2012–2014
Succeeded by
Lori Den Hartog
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Raúl Labrador
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 1st congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Veronica Escobar
United States representatives by seniority
312th
Succeeded by
Chuy García