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Sen. Risch to Comey: Trump
Sen. Risch to Comey: Trump's exact words didn't direct or order you to let go of Flynn probe
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: PBS NewsHour
Jim Risch To James Comey: Would President Trump’s ‘Hoping’ For An Outcome Be Obstruction? | NBC News
Jim Risch To James Comey: Would President Trump’s ‘Hoping’ For An Outcome Be Obstruction? | NBC News
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: NBC News
Sen. James Risch: We can do a lot better than Donald Trump
Sen. James Risch: We can do a lot better than Donald Trump
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Fox News
Senator Jim Risch Tells it Like it Is on Health
Senator Jim Risch Tells it Like it Is on Health 'Reform'
Published: 2009/12/23
Channel: mnmajoritydotorg
Sen. James Risch on  Judge Blocks key part of Trump
Sen. James Risch on Judge Blocks key part of Trump's Sanctuary cities Border. #POTUS
Published: 2017/04/26
Channel: Almutaz Bur News Network
Senator Jim Risch: Why He Supports Governor Otter
Senator Jim Risch: Why He Supports Governor Otter
Published: 2014/10/23
Channel: OtterForIdaho
Sen. Risch:
Sen. Risch: 'There is a weasel' who is 'guilty of treason'
Published: 2017/05/17
Channel: Fox News
Firetalk between with Sen. James Risch on Trump
Firetalk between with Sen. James Risch on Trump's right to share classified Info with Russians.
Published: 2017/05/17
Channel: Almutaz Bur News Network
Senator Risch Grills James Comey "President Asked me to drop Flynn Case"
Senator Risch Grills James Comey "President Asked me to drop Flynn Case"
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: LIVE SATELLITE NEWS
Sen. Risch discusses Russian probe
Sen. Risch discusses Russian probe
Published: 2017/02/15
Channel: Idaho Statesman
Sen. Risch: You can
Sen. Risch: You can't prosecute someone for hoping something
Published: 2017/06/09
Channel: Fox News
What Sen. Risch will ask James Comey during testimony
What Sen. Risch will ask James Comey during testimony
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: CBS This Morning
Sen. James Risch and Jeff Sessions
Sen. James Risch and Jeff Sessions
Published: 2017/06/13
Channel: Chuck Ross
Jim Risch Interview
Jim Risch Interview
Published: 2008/10/30
Channel: KXLY
Sen Risch to FBI Comey The HOPE defense: Surely there’s nothing illegal about having a hope?
Sen Risch to FBI Comey The HOPE defense: Surely there’s nothing illegal about having a hope?
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: samuel ezerzer
Sen. James Risch Speaks to Wolf Blitzer About James Comey Testimony. #JamesComey
Sen. James Risch Speaks to Wolf Blitzer About James Comey Testimony. #JamesComey
Published: 2017/06/09
Channel: Almutaz Bur News Network
Sen. Risch: Trump fully entitled to declassify information
Sen. Risch: Trump fully entitled to declassify information
Published: 2017/05/16
Channel: PBS NewsHour
Phone calls flood the offices of Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo
Phone calls flood the offices of Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo
Published: 2017/02/03
Channel: Idaho On Your Side
Sen. Jim Risch, Republican candidate, U.S. Senate (Idaho)
Sen. Jim Risch, Republican candidate, U.S. Senate (Idaho)
Published: 2014/10/09
Channel: Idaho Statesman
RIGHT AFTER SENATOR ASKED COMEY QUESTION ABOUT MICHAEL FLYNN, SUDDENLY ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE
RIGHT AFTER SENATOR ASKED COMEY QUESTION ABOUT MICHAEL FLYNN, SUDDENLY ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: The Next News Network
Sen. Jim Risch Acceptance Speech
Sen. Jim Risch Acceptance Speech
Published: 2014/11/05
Channel: IdahoEdNews.org
Senator Jim Risch Of Idaho Endorses Marco For President
Senator Jim Risch Of Idaho Endorses Marco For President
Published: 2015/11/05
Channel: Marco Rubio
Comey Admits "Hope" Was Not An Order To Kill Russia / Flynn Investigation
Comey Admits "Hope" Was Not An Order To Kill Russia / Flynn Investigation
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: The Alex Jones Channel
Sen. James Risch Foreign Relations Committee Speaks About Tillerson & Russia. @SenatorRisch
Sen. James Risch Foreign Relations Committee Speaks About Tillerson & Russia. @SenatorRisch
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: Almutaz Bur News Network
Jim Risch Interview
Jim Risch Interview
Published: 2009/01/08
Channel: Aaron Kunz
James Comey: I Took President Trump
James Comey: I Took President Trump's Words As A Direction | CNBC
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: CNBC
Sen. Jim Risch visits Idaho Falls
Sen. Jim Risch visits Idaho Falls
Published: 2014/10/01
Channel: KIFI Local News 8
Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) delivers Weekly GOP Address wishing everyone a merry Christmas
Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) delivers Weekly GOP Address wishing everyone a merry Christmas
Published: 2013/12/24
Channel: gopweeklyaddress
Did Senator Jim Risch Endorse Ted Cruz?
Did Senator Jim Risch Endorse Ted Cruz?
Published: 2016/04/07
Channel: Wochit News
Rubio supporter Sen. Jim Risch pushes back on CNN report
Rubio supporter Sen. Jim Risch pushes back on CNN report
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Larry Simmons
Jim Risch & James Comes Dual
Jim Risch & James Comes Dual
Published: 2017/06/09
Channel: bladkingz
Idaho Reports web extra: Sen. Jim Risch on Idaho National Laboratory
Idaho Reports web extra: Sen. Jim Risch on Idaho National Laboratory
Published: 2015/10/30
Channel: Idaho Public Television
Jim Risch: Harsh Interrogation Helped
Jim Risch: Harsh Interrogation Helped 'Initial Thread'
Published: 2011/05/04
Channel: ABC News
Senator Jim Risch - Leader
Senator Jim Risch - Leader
Published: 2010/03/10
Channel: Sandler-Innocenzi
Idaho Senator Jim Risch Announced Like a Sports Star
Idaho Senator Jim Risch Announced Like a Sports Star
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: Jimmy Murray
Representatives of Jim Risch and Mike Simpson
Representatives of Jim Risch and Mike Simpson
Published: 2016/03/27
Channel: Lincoln County Chronicle
Live from the NH Primary: Senator Jim Risch (R-ID)
Live from the NH Primary: Senator Jim Risch (R-ID)
Published: 2016/02/16
Channel: The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow
Sen. Jim Risch at Otter Rally
Sen. Jim Risch at Otter Rally
Published: 2010/10/07
Channel: Aaron Kunz
Idaho Senator Jim Risch Spins Putin
Idaho Senator Jim Risch Spins Putin's Words
Published: 2015/10/01
Channel: The Voice Of Idaho .. TVOI News
U.S. Senator Risch on CNN About Attacks in New York, New Jersey
U.S. Senator Risch on CNN About Attacks in New York, New Jersey
Published: 2016/09/20
Channel: SenatorJamesRisch
Senator Jim Risch Lab Day 2016 Remarks
Senator Jim Risch Lab Day 2016 Remarks
Published: 2016/04/20
Channel: SenatorJamesRisch
Senator Jim Risch. Anti-Feelgood Republican
Senator Jim Risch. Anti-Feelgood Republican
Published: 2013/04/15
Channel: Bill Holt dreamies
Kirk Jim Risch
Kirk Jim Risch
Published: 2015/03/07
Channel: Lisa Thomas
U S  Senator for Idaho Jim Risch on Syria Intervention 9 12 13
U S Senator for Idaho Jim Risch on Syria Intervention 9 12 13
Published: 2013/10/11
Channel: Idaho Calling
Jim Risch Wants More Drilling Now
Jim Risch Wants More Drilling Now
Published: 2008/08/13
Channel: IdahoGOP
Risch and CNN’s Erin Burnett Discuss ISIS, Paris Attacks
Risch and CNN’s Erin Burnett Discuss ISIS, Paris Attacks
Published: 2015/11/19
Channel: SenatorJamesRisch
James Comey: I took President Trump
James Comey: I took President Trump's words as a direction, but didn't obey
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: PBS NewsHour
Senator Jim Risch (R) | US Senate Jim Risch (R) | Idaho Senator Jim Risch (R) .mov
Senator Jim Risch (R) | US Senate Jim Risch (R) | Idaho Senator Jim Risch (R) .mov
Published: 2011/12/09
Channel: rischrot
Bill Colley - New Found Respect for Senator Jim Risch
Bill Colley - New Found Respect for Senator Jim Risch
Published: 2015/07/24
Channel: News Radio 1310 KLIX - News Your Family Can Use
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John Kerry response to Jim Risch
Published: 2015/03/11
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Jim Risch
Jim Risch official portrait.jpg
United States Senator
from Idaho
Assumed office
January 3, 2009
Serving with Mike Crapo
Preceded by Larry Craig
Chair of the Senate Small Business Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by David Vitter
39th and 41st Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
In office
January 1, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Governor Butch Otter
Preceded by Mark Ricks
Succeeded by Brad Little
In office
January 3, 2003 – May 26, 2006
Governor Dirk Kempthorne
Preceded by Jack Riggs
Succeeded by Mark Ricks
31st Governor of Idaho
In office
May 26, 2006 – January 1, 2007
Lieutenant Mark Ricks
Preceded by Dirk Kempthorne
Succeeded by Butch Otter
President pro tempore of the Idaho Senate
In office
December 1982 – December 1, 1988
Preceded by Reed Budge
Succeeded by Mike Crapo
Member of the Idaho Senate
from the 18th district
In office
1995–2002
Preceded by Roger Madsen
Succeeded by Sheila Sorensen
Member of the Idaho Senate
from the 21st district
In office
1974–1988
Preceded by ???
Succeeded by Mike Burkett
Personal details
Born James Elroy Risch
(1943-05-03) May 3, 1943 (age 74)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Vicki Risch (1968-present)
Children 3
Education University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
University of Idaho, Moscow (BS, JD)
Signature
Website Senate website

James Elroy Risch (born May 3, 1943) is an American Republican politician, rancher, and attorney from Ada County, Idaho, currently serving as the junior United States Senator from Idaho.[1] He previously served as the 39th and 41st Lieutenant Governor (2003–2006, 2007–2009) and the 31st Governor (2006–2007) of Idaho.

Early life[edit]

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Risch is the son of Helen B. (née Levi) and Elroy A. Risch, a lineman for the local telephone company. His father was of German descent, and his mother was of Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry.[2] Risch attended the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee from 1961 to 1963 and then transferred to the University of Idaho in Moscow, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.[3] He obtained his BS in Forestry in 1965,[4] and continued his education at the university's College of Law. He served on Law Review and the College of Law Advisory Committee[5] before receiving his JD in 1968.[6]

Risch entered politics in 1970 in Boise at age 27, winning election as Ada County prosecuting attorney. While serving in this capacity, he taught undergraduate classes in criminal justice at Boise State College and served as the president of the state's prosecuting attorneys association.

State politics[edit]

Idaho Senate[edit]

Risch was first elected to the Idaho Senate from Ada County in 1974. He entered the state senate leadership in 1976, serving as Majority Leader and later as President Pro Tempore. During his first senatorial term, Risch earned the reputation of being a "bully" due to his efforts to pressure more junior members to vote with him.[7]

In a dramatic upset, Risch was defeated for reelection in 1988 by Democratic political newcomer and Boise attorney Mike Burkett. As of mid-2006, it remains Idaho's most expensive legislative contest.

In the second political defeat of his career, Risch lost the 1994 primary election for a state senate seat to Roger Madsen. Risch returned to the state senate in 1995, as an appointee of Governor Phil Batt, who had named Madsen as the state commerce department's director.

First term as Lieutenant Governor[edit]

In January 2001, Risch had his eye on the lieutenant governor's seat vacated by "Butch" Otter, who resigned to take his elected seat in Congress. However, Governor Dirk Kempthorne appointed state senator Jack Riggs of Coeur d'Alene to the post instead. The following year Risch defeated Riggs in the Republican primary and won the general election, spending $360,000 of his own money to win the $27,000 a year, part-time post.

Governor[edit]

On May 26, 2006, Risch became Governor of Idaho when Kempthorne resigned to become the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. Risch appointed Mark Ricks to serve as his Lt. Governor.[8] Risch served out the remaining seven months of Kempthorne's term, which ended in January 2007.

In August 2006, Risch called a special session of the Idaho Legislature to consider his proposed property tax reform bill, entitled the Property Tax Relief Act of 2006.

Second term as Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Risch was expected to enter the 2006 Republican gubernatorial primary to succeed Kempthorne, who was completing his second term at this time of his federal appointment. However, U.S. Congressman Otter had announced his candidacy for the position in December 2004, and had gained a significant headstart in campaigning and fundraising. In November 2005, Risch announced his intention to seek election again as lieutenant governor.

Risch was unopposed for the 2006 Republican nomination for lieutenant governor and defeated former Democratic U.S. congressman Larry LaRocco in the general election. Risch's term as governor ended in January 2007 and he returned to the role of lieutenant governor. Risch resigned as lieutenant governor to take his seat in the Senate on January 3, 2009. Governor Otter named state Senator Brad Little of Emmett as Risch's replacement.

U.S. Senate[edit]

Elections[edit]

2008

On August 31, 2007, the Associated Press reported that Risch could possibly be appointed United States Senator by Governor Butch Otter to succeed the embattled Larry Craig. The Idaho Statesman reported on September 1, however, that Otter's spokesman denied Risch had been selected and that the governor "has made no decision and he is not leaning toward anybody."[9] On October 9, Risch announced that he would run for the now open Senate seat.[10] In May 2008, Risch was selected as the Republican nominee for Craig's open seat in the U.S. Senate.[11] He defeated Larry LaRocco, a former Democratic congressman, with 58% of the vote.[12] Risch defeated LaRocco in two previous elections: for a state Senate seat in 1986 and for lieutenant governor in 2006.

2014

Risch won the Republican primary with 79.9% of the vote.[13]

Risch defeated Nels Mitchell with 65.3% of the vote.[14]

Tenure[edit]

Risch was one of four freshmen Republican Senators in the 111th Congress of 2009, with Mike Johanns of Nebraska, George LeMieux of Florida and Scott Brown of Massachusetts.

Republican Senator Mike Crapo praised Risch as "results-oriented".[15]

In 2017, Risch was one of 22 senators to sign a letter[16] to President Donald Trump urging the President to have the United States withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

Committee assignments[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Idaho State Senate District 18 Republican Primary election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jim Risch (inc.) 2,299 76.0%
Republican Emil Loya, Jr. 709 24.0%
Idaho State Senate District 18 election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jim Risch (inc.) 9,543 67.5%
Democratic Donald Baumback 4,589 32.5%
Idaho State Senate District 18 Republican Primary election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jim Risch (inc.) 2,656 67.4%
Republican Sharon Ullman 1,283 32.6%
Idaho State Senate District 18 election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jim Risch (inc.) 8,742 76.0%
Libertarian Daniel Adams 2,758 24.0%
Idaho State Senate District 18 Republican Primary election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jim Risch (inc.) 3,222 50.4%
Republican Jack Noble 3,171 49.6%
Idaho State Senate District 18 election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jim Risch (inc.) 12,917 80.3%
Libertarian Daniel Adams 3,165 19.7%
Idaho Lieutenant Governor Republican Primary election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jim Risch 49,607 34.6%
Republican Jack Riggs 39,689 27.7%
Republican Celia Gould 22,134 15.4%
Republican Larry Eastland 22,079 15.4%
Republican Jim Pratt 5,638 3.9%
Republican Darrell Babbitt 4,161 2.9%
Idaho Lieutenant Governor election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jim Risch 226,017 56.2%
Democratic Bruce Perry 160,438 39.9%
Libertarian Michael Kempf 15,562 3.9%
Idaho Lieutenant Governor election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jim Risch (inc.) 259,648 58.3%
Democratic Larry LaRocco 175,312 39.4%
Constitution William Charles Wellisch 10,460 2.4%
U.S. Senate Republican Primary election in Idaho, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jim Risch 80,743 65.3%
Republican Scott Syme 16,660 13.5%
Republican Richard Phenneger 6,532 5.3%
Republican Neal Thompson 5,375 4.3%
Republican Fred Adams 4,987 4.0%
Republican Bill Hunter 4,280 3.5%
Republican Brian Hefner 2,915 2.4%
Republican Hal James Styles, Jr. 2,082 1.7%
U.S. Senate election in Idaho, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jim Risch 371,744 57.7%
Democratic Larry LaRocco 219,903 34.1%
Independent Rex Rammell 34,510 5.4%
Libertarian Kent Marmon 9,958 1.5%
Independent Pro-Life 8,662 1.3%
U.S. Senate Republican Primary election in Idaho, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jim Risch (inc.) 119,209 79.9%
Republican Jeremy "T" Anderson 29,939 20.1%
U.S. Senate election in Idaho, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jim Risch (inc.) 285,596 65.3%
Democratic Nels Mitchell 151,574 34.7%

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2008 statewide totals Archived 2015-02-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "risch". Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Phi Delta Theta". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1965. p. 359. 
  4. ^ "College of Forestry, '65 graduates". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1965. p. 63. 
  5. ^ "Jim Risch Biography". Jim Risch Senate. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "College of Law". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1968. p. 36. 
  7. ^ "Sen. Jim Risch". National Journal Almanac. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Governor names Ricks to lieutenant post". The Spokesman-Review. June 16, 2006. 
  9. ^ Hahn, Gregory (2007-09-01). "Risch rumors about replacing Sen. Craig are 'dead wrong'". Idaho Statesman. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  10. ^ Greene, Tom (2007-10-09). "Jim Risch announces Senate bid". Coeur d'Alene Press. Retrieved 2009-10-10. [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "2008 Primary Results statewide". sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  12. ^ "2008 General Results statewide". sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  13. ^ "Statewide Totals". sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  14. ^ "Statewide Totals". sos.idaho.gov. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  15. ^ Catalini, Michael (10 February 2014). "Idaho Sen. Jim Risch: High energy, low visibility". Idaho Statesman. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  16. ^ Inhofe, James. "Senator". Retrieved 7 June 2017. 

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