John Rusche

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John Rusche
Idaho House of Representatives District 6B
In office
Term ends
November 30, 2016
Years in position 10
Minority Caucus Chair, Idaho State House
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Notre Dame, 1973
M.D.University School of Medicine, 1977
BirthdayDecember 3, 1950
Place of birthWaukesha, WI
Office website
Campaign website
John Rusche (b. December 3, 1950) is a Democratic member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 6B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.


Rusche earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Notre Dame in 1973 and his M.D. from Washington University in 1977. His professional experience includes working as a physician and health insurance executive.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Rusche served on the following committees:

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment, Energy, and Technology
Health and Welfare
Ways and Means


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Rusche served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Rusche served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Rusche's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt: "Good jobs and business growth depend on a number of factors. First in most people’s mind is usually low taxes. But more important than low tax rate (especially if state revenue cannot meet other needs) is a stable, predictable tax structure so that employers can project with some clarity the future and allow them to build an effective business plan."


  • Excerpt: "Common core standards were adopted by Idaho educators (and endorsed by the legislature) 4 years ago as a tool to assure that students were learning what they should. I think having standards is important, and the Common Core standards were developed by educators. Standards are appropriate, but measurements of performance must be appropriate as well."


  • Excerpt: "The Affordable Care Act has restructured health insurance. I believe our State exchange serves Idaho purchasers well, but we need to look at other opportunities to expand coverage. With less uninsured individuals, there will be less 'cost shift' to those having insurance and better health and productivity of Idaho workers."

Working Together

  • Excerpt: "It has been a goal of mine during the years I have been in the Legislature representing the citizens of our area–try to figure out a way to make things work, make things better for Idahoans. Ask people what they want, and figure out a way to to get there effectively and efficiently."

Public Lands

  • Excerpt: "I believe in public ownership of these lands. But I also believe in using them, but not 'using them up.' Multiple use, including logging, mining and grazing as well as recreation and even conservation, all have roles in maintaining the public benefit from these lands."



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Idaho House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent John Rusche was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while write-in candidate Mike Kingsley was unopposed in the Republican primary. Rusche defeated Kingsley in the general election. Jim Evans (R) filed to run but was removed from the ballot prior to the primary.[2][3][4][5]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 6B, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Rusche 50.2% 6,254
     Republican Mike Kingsley 49.8% 6,206
Total Votes 12,460


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Rusche won re-election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives. Due to redistricting, he ran in District 6B. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Daniel Santiago (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 6B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Rusche Incumbent 52.3% 9,531
     Republican Daniel Santiago 47.7% 8,705
Total Votes 18,236


See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Rusche won re-election to District Seat 7B in 2010 with no opposition. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 25th. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[8]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 7A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Rusche (D) 9,499 100.0%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat John Rusche won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 7B receiving 100% of the vote (13,608 votes), ahead of Independent David Mosher who received 0% of the vote (0 votes).[9]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 7B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Rusche (D) 13,608 100%
David Mosher (Independent) 0 0%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Rusche was up for re-election, he collected $46,837 in donations.[10]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Idaho House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Rusche's campaign in 2010
Nez Perce County Democrats$2,397
Idaho Democratic Legislative Caucus$2,000
Idaho Education Association$2,000
Micron Technology$1,250
Idaho Soft Drink Association$1,100
Total Raised in 2010 $46,837


In 2008, Rusche raised $33,771.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign.[11]

Donor Amount
Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho $2,000
Winning for Idaho $1,000
Idaho Power Co. $1,000
Idaho Medical Association $1,000
Citigroup $1,000
Idaho Healthcare Association $1,000
Idaho Education Association $1,000


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Idaho

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Idaho scorecards, email suggestions to

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.


In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[12]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "impacting economic freedom in the state."


In 2012, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[13]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.

Idaho Freedom Index

The Idaho Freedom Foundation, an Idaho-based, nonprofit educational research institute, released its "Idaho Freedom Index" in 2013. The index intended to show how Idaho legislators voted on the principles the Foundation seeks to promote. It measured each state legislator based on two tiers, which include whether legislators voted for or against bills that would create or eliminate government agencies, programs, and regulations, and bills that would impact the free market in a positive or negative way. Scores ranged from the highest possible score for members of the state Senate (194 points) and for members of the state House (180 points). A higher score indicated that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Foundation.[14] Rusche received a score of -66 points in the 2013 index, ranking 59th out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.


Rusche and his wife, Kay, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Shirley Ringo (D)
Idaho House of Representatives District 6B
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Idaho House of Reresentatives District 7B
Succeeded by
Paul Shepherd (R)