M 2012 Idaho General Election

Jimmy Farris

A candidate for U.S. Representative in the 2012 Idaho General Election

Party: Democrat

City: Meridian, Idaho

Occupation: Retired NFL football player, former sports broadcaster

On this race: Pledges an approach of teamwork, compromise and collaboration. Wants to invest in education to spur creation of more good-paying jobs. Supports the Simpson-Bowles Commission's recommendations for deficit reduction, including both cuts and revenue increases, because "it's a bipartisan solution where members of both sides were brought to the table." Opposes additional restrictions on abortion rights; says decisions should be left to women, not government. NOTABLE: Football standout at Lewiston High, while also named MVP in basketball as a senior; star football player for University of Montana, where he earned degree in marketing and management. Signed by 49ers in 2001 as undrafted free agent. Played for New England Patriots; Atlanta Falcons; and the Washington Redskins; donated nearly a quarter of his income to charity during peak of NFL career. Worked two years in sports broadcasting after retiring from NFL, before returning to Idaho

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Raul Labrador Republican
Rob Oates Libertarian
Pro-Life Independent

Last updated: Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m. Election results

Raul Labrador (R) 199,445 62.97%
Jimmy Farris (D) 97,403 30.75%
Rob Oates (L) 12,264 3.87%
Pro-Life (I) 7,600 2.40%
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