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Jim Risch
Jim Risch.jpg
U.S. Senate, Idaho
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2021
Years in position 6
PredecessorLarry E. Craig (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last election November 4, 2014
Cost per vote$6.17 in 2014
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 2020
Campaign $$6,017,670
Appointed byGovernor Butch Otter
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Idaho State Senate
Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
2003-2006, 2007-2009
Governor of Idaho
Bachelor'sUniversity of Idaho (1965)
J.D.University of Idaho College of Law (1968)
Date of birthMay 3, 1943
Place of birthMilwaukee, Wisconsin
Net worth$53,385,526
Office website
James E. "Jim" Risch (b. May 3, 1943, in Milwaukee, WI) is a U.S. Senator, representing Idaho. Risch was first elected to the Senate in 2008.

Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter appointed Risch to the Senate seat to succeed Senator Larry Craig, who indicated his resignation on September 30, 2007.[1]

He ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014. Risch defeated challenger Nels Mitchell in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Risch previously was a member of the Idaho State Senate from 1975 to 1988 and 1995 to 2002.[2] He also served as Lieutenant Governor of Idaho from 2003 to 2006 and 2007 to 2009 and as the Governor of Idaho from 2006 to 2007.[1]

Risch is a rancher, attorney and politician from Ada County. He was the first Roman Catholic to serve as Governor of Idaho in over 90 years.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Risch is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Risch was born in Milwaukee, WI. He attended the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee from 1961 to 1963, then transferred to the University of Idaho where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He obtained his B.S. in Forestry in 1965 and continued his education at the University of Idaho College of Law, serving on Law Review, and receiving his J.D. in 1968.

Risch entered politics in 1970, 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 University and served as the President of the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Risch's academic, professional and political career:[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Risch serves on the following committees:[6]


Risch served on the following Senate committees:[7][8]


Key votes

114th Congress


The first session of the 114th Congress has enacted into law 6 out of the 2,616 introduced bills (0.2 percent). Comparatively, the 113th Congress had 1.3 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[10] The Senate has confirmed 3,934 out of 5,051 executive nominations received (77.9 percent). For more information pertaining to Risch's voting record in the 114th Congress, please see the below sections.[11]

Economic and fiscal

2016 Budget proposal

Yea3.png On May 5, 2015, the Senate voted to approve SConRes11, a congressional budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, by a vote of 51-48. The non-binding resolution will be used to create 12 appropriations bills to fund the government before funding runs out on October 1. The vote marked the first time since 2009 that Congress approved a joint budget resolution. All 44 Democrats voted against the resolution. Risch voted with 50 other Republican senators to approve the bill.[12][13][14]



Loretta Lynch AG nomination

Nay3.png On April 23, 2015, the Senate voted to confirm Loretta Lynch as United States Attorney General by a vote of 56-43. All 44 Democratic senators voted to confirm Lynch. Risch voted with 42 other Republican senators against Lynch's confirmation.[15]

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[16] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Risch's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[17]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Nay3.png Risch voted against the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[18]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[19][20][21]

According to the website Breitbart, Risch was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[22][23]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[24]


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Farm bill

Yea3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[25] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that will kick in when prices drop; however, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[26] Risch joined with 19 other Republican senators in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[27][28] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[28] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[29] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts.

Risch voted with 25 other Republican members against the bill.[27][28]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[30] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Risch voted with the Republican Party against the bill.[31]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Nay3.png Risch voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[18]


Mexico-U.S. border

Yea3.png Risch voted in favor of Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[18]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Nay3.png Risch voted against S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[18]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five RepublicansThomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas—voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[32] Risch joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[33][34]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Risch voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[35]

Threaten roadblock

In 2010, Risch and Mike Crapo joined Republicans in vowing to block all action until the Senate extends the Bush-era tax cuts and a government spending plan. All 42 Senate Republicans signed a letter sent to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev..[36]

Risch said this follows the message voters sent during the last election.[36]

“It is long past time we focus on getting Americans back to work and our deficit spending stopped,” Risch said. “That’s what Americans voted for last month.”[36]


On The Issues Vote Match

Jim Risch's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Risch is a Hard-Core Conservative. Risch received a score of 22 percent on social issues and 86 percent on economic issues.[37] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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National security

Letter to Iran

On March 9, 2015, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) wrote a letter to Iran's leadership, warning them that signing a nuclear deal with the Obama administration without congressional approval was merely an "executive agreement." The letter also stated that "The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time." The letter was signed by 47 Republican members of the Senate. Risch was one of the 47 who signed the letter. No Democrats signed it.[38]

The letter caused intense backlash from both the Obama administration and the public. Vice President Joe Biden said of the letter, "In thirty-six years in the United States Senate, I cannot recall another instance in which senators wrote directly to advise another country — much less a longtime foreign adversary — that the president does not have the constitutional authority to reach a meaningful understanding with them."[39] On Twitter, the hashtag "47Traitors" became the top trending topic in the world, and a debate raged as to whether the 47 who signed the letter were traitors or patriots.[40]

Committee vote on Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Nay3.png On September 4, 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved an authorization for President Obama to use limited force against Syria.[41][42]

The vote came after a three-hour briefing with top Obama administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry and James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.[43]

Of the nine Democratic members and eight Republican members that make up the committee, seven Democrats and three Republicans voted in favor, while five Republicans and two Democrats opposed the authorization.[43] A single "present" vote was cast by Ed Markey (D). Risch was one of the five Republicans who opposed the authorization.[44]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Jim Risch endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [45]



See also: United States Senate elections in Idaho, 2014

Risch ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014. He won the nomination in the Republican nomination in the primary.[46] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. Senate, Idaho General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Risch Incumbent 65.3% 285,596
     Democratic Nels Mitchell 34.7% 151,574
Total Votes 437,170
Source: Idaho Secretary of State
U.S. Senate, Idaho Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Risch Incumbent 79.9% 119,209
Jeremy Anderson 20.1% 29,939
Total Votes 149,148
Source: Idaho Secretary of State


  • Despite a pledge to steer clear of endorsing incumbents, Ted Cruz financially backed a handful of Senate Republicans, including fellow Texan John Cornyn[47]
    • Cruz’s leadership political action committee, Jobs Growth and Freedom Fund, made only five donations in the first six months of its existence, and all of those dollars went to incumbents. On May 10, 2013, according to Federal Election Commission records, Cruz wrote a $2,500 check to the campaign of Cornyn.[47]
    • Cruz also handed out four other $2,500 donations to incumbents that same day: Jim Inhofe, Mike Lee (Utah), Risch and Tim Scott, who was appointed to the Senate after Jim DeMint resigned and ran in 2014 for the remaining years of DeMint’s term.[47]
  • FreedomWorks endorsed Risch on March 17, 2014.[48]


On November 4, 2008, Risch won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Larry LaRocco (D), Rex Rammell (I), Pro-Life (I), Kent A. Marmon (L) and Kevin Volkmann (I) in the general election.[49]

U.S. Senate, Idaho General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Risch 57.7% 371,744
     Democratic Larry LaRocco 34.1% 219,903
     Independent Rex Rammell 5.4% 34,510
     Independent Pro-Life 1.3% 8,662
     Libertarian Kent A. Marmon 1.5% 9,958
     Independent Kevin Volkmann 0% 3
Total Votes 644,780

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Risch attends.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Risch is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Risch raised a total of $6,017,670 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 21, 2015.[50]

Jim Risch's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. Senate (Idaho) Won $2,902,855
2008 U.S. Senate (Idaho) Won $3,114,815
Grand Total Raised $6,017,670

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Risch won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014. During that election cycle, Risch's campaign committee raised a total of $2,902,855 and spent $1,761,223.[51] This is less than the average $10.6 million spent by Senate winners in 2014.[52]

Cost per vote

Risch spent $6.17 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. Senate, Idaho, 2014 - Jim Risch Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,902,855
Total Spent $1,761,223
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $343,686
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $357,052
Top contributors to Jim Risch's campaign committee
Murray Energy$18,000
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$15,000
Honeywell International$15,000
Tallatchee Creek Inc$15,000
Micron Technology$14,165
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$196,109
Oil & Gas$124,350

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Risch's reports.[53]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Risch's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $19,002,055 and $87,768,997. That averages to $53,385,526, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average calculated net worth[59] decreased by 1.30% from 2010.[60] Between 2007 and 2012, Risch's calculated net worth[61] decreased by an average of 3 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[62]

Jim Risch Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2007 to 2012:-14%
Average annual growth:-3%[63]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[64]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). In the 113th Congress, Risch was the ranking Republican member of the United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Risch received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Leadership PACs industry.

From 2007-2014, 18.41 percent of Risch's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[65]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Jim Risch Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $5,571,988
Total Spent $4,381,921
Ranking member of the United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$310,309
Oil & Gas$185,950
% total in top industry5.57%
% total in top two industries9.35%
% total in top five industries18.41%


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Risch was a "lonely far-right Republican follower." This was the same rating Risch received in June 2013.[66]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[67]

Risch most often votes with:

Risch least often votes with:

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Risch missed 31 of 1,706 roll call votes from January 2009 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.8 percent, which was better than the median of 2.0% among currently serving senators as of July 2014.[68]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Risch paid his congressional staff a total of $2,190,509 in 2011. He ranked 16th on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 21st overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Idaho ranked 15th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[69]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.


Risch ranked 1st in the conservative rankings in 2013.[70]


Risch ranked 1st in the conservative rankings in 2012.[71]


Risch ranked 7th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[72]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


Risch voted with the Republican Party 89.0 percent of the time, which ranked 17th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of July 2014.[73]


Jim Risch voted with the Republican Party 90.4 percent of the time, which ranked 15th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[74]

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External links



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Political offices
Preceded by
Larry Craig
U.S. Senate - Idaho
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Governor of Idaho
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
2003–2006, 2007-2009
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Idaho State Senate
1975-1988, 1995-2002
Succeeded by