Russ Fulcher

Russ Fulcher
Russ Fulcher, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
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
from the 22nd district
In office
December 1, 2012 – December 1, 2014
Preceded byTim Corder
Succeeded byLori Den Hartog
Member of the Idaho Senate
from the 21st district
In office
January 2005 – December 1, 2012
Preceded byJack Noble
Succeeded byCliff Bayer
Personal details
Russell Mark Fulcher

(1962-03-09) March 9, 1962 (age 57)
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
(div. 2018)
EducationBoise State University (BA, MBA)
WebsiteHouse website

Russell Mark Fulcher[1] (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 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.

Personal life and career[edit]

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. 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. Kara Fulcher divorced her husband citing his adulteries before the election of 2018.[2]

While a member of the Idaho legislature, Fulcher worked 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 sales with Micron Technology.

Fulcher currently works in the commercial real estate business.[3]

Idaho Senate[edit]

Idaho Senate District 21[edit]

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 Meridian and Kuna, to replace Jack Noble, who resigned after a conflict of interest. Fulcher was first elected in 2006 and served till 2012.[4][5]

Idaho Senate District 22[edit]

Fulcher then served in the Idaho Senate representing District 22 from 2012 to 2014.[6]

He served has State Senate Majority Caucus Leader from 2013 to 2014.[7]


Fulcher served on the following Committees:

  • Senate Education Committee (Member)
  • Senate State Affairs Committee (Vice-Chairman)[8]

U.S House of Representatives[edit]


2018 General election[edit]

On June 15, 2017, Fulcher announced that he would seek the Republican nomination for Idaho's 1st congressional district in the 2018 election.[9][10]

He was endorsed by the incumbent representative, Raúl Labrador[11] and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.[12]

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.[13] Fulcher won 18 of 19 counties in Idaho's 1st congressional district. He was one of two candidates to win his home county.[14]

He won the general election in November with 62.7% of the vote, defeating Cristina McNeil [13](Democrat), W. Scott Howard[15] (Libertarian), and Marvin "Pro-Life" Richardson (Constitution).[16]


Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral History[edit]

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[edit]

2014 gubernatorial race[edit]

On November 23, 2013, Fulcher officially announced his intention to run against incumbent governor Butch Otter in the 2014 Idaho gubernatorial election.[17] Fulcher was endorsed by Congressman Raúl Labrador.[18]

Fulcher lost against Otter in the Republican primary in May 2014, earning 43.6% of the vote.[19]

2016 presidential election[edit]

Fulcher was a Ted Cruz delegate at the 2016 Republican National Convention.[20] He supported Donald Trump in the general election.[21]

2018 gubernatorial race[edit]

Fulcher announced on August 24, 2016, that he was running for governor.[22][23]

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.[10][24]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ Dan Popkey, Twenty years and a revolution in the Republican Party separate Otter and Fulcher, The Idaho Statesman
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Our Team | Mark Bottles Real Estate". Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  4. ^ "Who Is Russ Fulcher?". Idaho Statesman. November 25, 2013.
  5. ^ "2012 General Results Legislative". Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  6. ^ "2012 General Results Legislative". Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  7. ^ Miller, John. "Denney ousted as house speaker". Argus Observer. Ontario, OR. Associated Press. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  8. ^ Project Vote Smart - Senator Russ Fulcher - Biography
  9. ^ "Russ Fulcher makes it official: He's leaving Idaho governor's race to run for Congress". idahostatesman. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Fulcher drops out of guv race, switches to 1st CD, winning Labrador's endorsement". Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  11. ^ "Fulcher shifts gears, runs for Congress". Idaho Education News. June 15, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  12. ^ "Ted Cruz Endorses Russ Fulcher in Idaho Congressional Race". US News And World Report. March 18, 2018. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  13. ^ a b Almukhtar, Sarah (May 15, 2018). "Idaho Primary Election Results". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  14. ^ "Idaho Secretary of State-US Representative District 1 - by County".
  15. ^ "Home | W. SCOTT HOWARD FOR IDAHO". Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  16. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (January 5, 2019). "Idaho Election Results: First House District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  17. ^ "Sen. Russ Fulcher announces for governor". idahostatesman. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  18. ^ "Raul Labrador backs Russ Fulcher for Idaho governor". Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  19. ^ "Statewide Totals". Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  20. ^ "Idaho's Semanko: GOP floor fight not about dumping Trump | Idaho Statesman". Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  21. ^ Idahoans for Liberty Campaign 2016 (November 8, 2016), Russ Fulcher Idaho leading on States Rights, retrieved May 2, 2017
  22. ^ "Russ Fulcher explains his qualifications for Idaho governor". idahostatesman. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  23. ^ "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)
  24. ^ Russ Fulcher (June 14, 2017), "Russ Fulcher For Congress | My Annnouncement",, retrieved June 15, 2017
  25. ^ "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)

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Raúl Labrador
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 1st congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Abby Finkenauer
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Chuy García