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U.S. Representative, Idaho 1st

The Candidates

Russ Fulcher


Education: Graduated from Meridian High School in Meridian, Idaho in 1980. Received a bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Boise State University in 1984 and 1988, respectively.

Political Experience: Served in the Idaho State Senate from 2005 to 2014, representing parts of Ada County. For six of those years, he served as Republican Caucus Leader. In 2014, he ran unsuccessfully in the GOP gubernatorial primary, losing to incumbent Gov. Butch Otter. Elected to the U.S. House in 2018, succeeding Rep. Raúl Labrador, who stepped down to run for governor.

Work Experience: Worked for 24 years in sales in the tech sector, including at Micron Technology and Preco Electronics, before going into commercial real estate.

Family: Divorced. Has three adult children.

Campaign Fundraising: $373,039, as of Sept. 9. Top contributors include the House Freedom Fund, the political action committee of the conservative Freedom Caucus; the agribusiness company Simplot; and the Majority Committee PAC, another GOP political action committee.

Cristina McNeil


Complete Coverage

Idaho congressman Russ Fulcher quietly divorced prior to election

New Idaho congressman Russ Fulcher and his wife, Kara, divorced in September after she cited his “acts of adultery.”

Russ Fulcher, Cristina McNeil talk Medicaid, immigration and climate in congressional debate

Environmental regulations, health care and immigration marked a few of the sharp divides to surface in a debate Monday night between the two candidates vying to represent Idaho’s 1st Congressional District.

There are clear differences in the Idaho congressional race between Russ Fulcher and Cristina McNeil

On paper, the race for Congress in North Idaho seems lopsided, but neither candidate sees it that way.

Eye on Boise: Fulcher: ‘We only have 2 bullets in the congressional gun’

While the relationship between Idaho’s two GOP congressmen has been famously prickly – in 2015, news surfaced that U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador hadn’t spoken in six months – Russ Fulcher, the GOP nominee for Labrador’s seat, says if he’s elected and Simpson wins an 11th term, he’ll get along with Simpson.

Idaho GOP congressional nominee injured in motorcycle crash

Russ Fulcher, the GOP nominee for Idaho’s open 1st Congressional District, has suffered broken ribs and scrapes in a recent motorcycle accident but is expected to make a full recovery.

Russ Fulcher wins Idaho GOP primary to replace Labrador in Congress

With an open seat in Congress at stake, former state Sen. Russ Fulcher easily captured the Republican nomination for the position held by Raul Labrador. Real estate agent Cristina McNeil won a three-way race among Democrats and will face Fulcher in November.

Eye on Boise: When political debates also include comic relief…

When six GOP candidates for Idaho’s open 1st District congressional seat faced off in the “Idaho Debates” last week, much of the fireworks – and the humor – came at the end, in the closing statements.

GOP candidate clarifies abortion claim in campaign ad

GOP congressional candidate Russ Fulcher has clarified his claim in a recent ad that he’s passed more “pro-life” legislation than anyone else in Idaho, saying that includes includes voting on bills that may not have become law and bills that may not have been directly related to abortion, the AP reports…

GOP congressional candidate clarifies abortion claim

Republican Russ Fulcher, who is currently running for Idaho’s open 1st Congressional District, has clarified his campaign claim that he’s passed more “pro-life” legislation than anyone in Idaho’s history.

Fulcher tops pack for fundraising in 1st CD race

Campaign finance reports show Republican Russ Fulcher continues to lead the GOP pack in fundraising in the race for Idaho’s open 1st Congressional District. According to sunshine reports released Monday, Fulcher raised roughly $141,000 between January and March. In total, he’s raised more than $408,000 since announcing…

Crapo parts with Bowles, Simpson over GOP tax bill, deficit

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo on parting with his longtime deficit allies, the Committee for a Reponsible Federal Budget, over the GOP tax bill; congressional hopeful Russ Fulcher gets a superPAC’s backing; and lawmakers eye lobbying fees; my Sunday column…

Eye on Boise: Crapo parts with Bowles, Simpson over deficits to back tax cut

Anti-deficit activists Alan Simpson, the former GOP senator from Wyoming, and Erskine Bowles, the former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, spoke out against the GOP tax plan when it was on the verge of a vote in the Senate last week, warning, “Real tax reform can provide a boost to the economy, but higher debt works in the opposite direction.” The Senate tax bill would add $1.4 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates.

Fulcher endorsed by ‘Club for Growth’

Republican U.S. House candidate Russ Fulcher has won the endorsement of the conservative national group Club for Growth. The endorsement, tweeted by the group Monday, is a boost for Fulcher as he attempts to stand out in crowded field of GOP candidates. The open 1st Congressional District seat has attracted a wide…