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Raul Labrador

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

Party: Republican

Age: 48

City: Eagle, Idaho

Occupation: Incumbent congressman

Immigration attorney, three-term congressman. In 2014, Labrador ran unsuccessfully for House majority leader. A native of Puerto Rico who is fluent in Spanish, Labrador is among just a small number - fewer than 10 - of Hispanic Republicans serving in the House. Prior to winning his seat in Congress, Labrador served two terms in the Idaho House. He holds a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and a law degree from the University of Washington. Labrador has become a prominent member of the "Freedom Caucus" in the House, a group of conservatives who successfully engineered the ouster of then-House Speaker John Boehner. This year, he co-sponsored legislation on criminal sentencing reform and state management of federal lands.


On this race:

Opposes "any and all efforts to increase taxes." Wants to repeal health-care reform law and replace it with "patient-centered, free market-driven reforms." Opposes abortion rights; co-sponsored legislation declaring that life begins at conception with full constitutional rights. Wants to reduce regulation and downsize government. NOTABLE: Two-term state representative; immigration attorney; law degree, University of Washington; bachelor's degree, Brigham Young University. Born in Puerto Rico. Beat a better-funded candidate, Iraq veteran Vaughn Ward, in the GOP primary in 2010; faced only token opposition in this year's primary. First member of Congress to call for resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder over the "Fast and Furious" gun scandal.

Election results

CandidateVotesPct
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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Raul Would Miss 27 Votes To Campaign

Republican Rep. Raul Labrador told me Monday that he wants to help Mitt Romney as he appears on the most important Spanish-language media in the country Wednesday night, but won’t do so if he can’t get back to Capitol Hill in time for Thursday’s votes….


Farris raps Labrador over missed votes, more loom as Labrador pitches for Romney

Jimmy Farris, the Democratic challenger to 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, is criticizing Labrador for missing votes at triple the rate of his three predecessors, the Idaho Statesman’s Dan Popkey reports today, and Labrador is acknowledging Farris has a point. “I don’t think it’s…


Labrador Hails Ex-Scout Leader

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Eye on Boise: Races simmer after heated primaries

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Farris Rips Labrador Absenteeism

1st Congressional District candidate Jimmy Farris called out Congressman Raul Labrador today for his dismal attendance record in Congress, and wondered what exactly is keeping the congressman from doing his job. “Congressman Labrador has been absent from Congress twice as much as the average representative,”…


Number-crunching website: Labrador a ‘centrist-GOP follower’ who misses votes; Risch on ‘lonely far-right’

According to an open-government website that crunches numbers on members of Congress, the member of Idaho’s delegation who’s most likely to miss a recorded vote in Congress is 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador. Gov.Tracks.us reported that Labrador missed 4.7 percent of recorded or roll-call votes,…


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Raul Woos Hispanics For Romney

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Labrador helps pitch Romney to Hispanic voters in Colo., Nev.; Farris says Idaho ignored

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Trib: Jeers To 3 Idaho Delegates

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune jeered U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador and Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, all R-Idaho, for remaining silent when Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann slimed a loyal American diplomat. Marty: “Bachmann asserted…


Ward: Reagan Repubs In The Know

On the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans Facebook wall, Jeff Ward writes: “Gov. Romney’s pick of Congressman Paul Ryan for Vice President may have surprised many but not Congressman Raul Labrador. He predicted the pick at last Tuesday’s special meeting of KCRR. Thanks to Rep. Labrador…


Labrador Holds Town Hall Meeting

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Farris releases income tax returns

MERIDIAN, Idaho – Idaho 1st District Congressional candidate Jimmy Farris released 10 years of his income tax returns Thursday and called on incumbent GOP Congressman Raul Labrador to do the same. Labrador immediately rebuffed the request. “He just said, ‘No comment,’ ” said Labrador’s campaign spokeswoman, China Gum.


Farris releases 10 years’ tax returns, calls on Labrador to do the same

Idaho 1st District Congressional candidate Jimmy Farris released 10 years of his income tax returns today, and called on incumbent Congressman Raul Labrador to do the same. Labrador immediately rebuffed the request. “He just said, ‘No comment,’” said Labrador’s campaign spokeswoman, China Gum. Farris, at…


Congressional candidate releases 10 years’ tax returns

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Idaho 1st District U.S. House candidate Jimmy Farris released 10 years of his income tax returns today, and called on incumbent Congressman Raul Labrador to do the same. Labrador immediately rebuffed the request. “He just said, ‘No comment,’” said Labrador’s campaign spokeswoman, China Gum.


Farris Issues Tax Return Challenge

Idaho’s 1st District Democratic nominee Jimmy Farris said Thursday that “transparency in our elected officials is of the utmost importance” and released a decade of federal tax returns. (Links are below.) Farris said he was doing so in the spirit for former GOP presidential candidate…


Farris: Have TV Spot, Need Cash

First-time Democratic candidate Jimmy Farris has a buoyant 60-second spot that he hopes will air this fall in his race against freshman GOP Congressman Raul Labrador. Titled, “A Future Leader, Now,” the video is available only on the Web. Farris raised about $37,000 through June…


Labrador: Cut More Trees

Some rural counties that once thrived off timber sales are hoping Congress will allow them to pay for roads and schools by increasing logging in national forests. Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador introduced a bill last month allowing for the establishment of locally managed reserves…


Labrador, Farris speak out on health care reform repeal vote

Idaho 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador today defended his vote in the House to repeal the national health care reform law, saying, “Since my time in the Idaho State Legislature, it has become clear to me that Idahoans oppose every aspect of Obamacare. … This…


Eye on Boise: Labrador urges governor not to implement exchanges

BOISE – U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador has joined U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and a group of other national lawmakers in signing a letter urging all 50 states’ governors not to implement health care exchanges as required under the national health care reform law recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. “I urge Governor Otter to not implement an expensive, intrusive, punitive health exchange on the businesses and people of Idaho,” Labrador, R-Idaho, said in a statement. “I urge all Governors to let Congress finish the job the American people sent us to do, to fully repeal Obamacare and replace it with common-sense free market solutions.”


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