Russ Fulcher

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Russell Fulcher
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Idaho State Senate District 22
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 9
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 20, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBoise State University (1984)
Master'sBoise State University (1988)
OtherMicron University (1993)
Place of birthIdaho
ProfessionCommercial Agent, Mark Bottles Real Estate
Office website
Personal website
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Russell M. Fulcher is a Republican member of the Idaho State Senate, representing District 22 and serving as the State Senate Majority Caucus Leader. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Fulcher ran for Governor of Idaho in the 2014 election. Fulcher formally announced his bid for the office on Nov. 23, 2013.[1] He sought the GOP nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014, where he was defeated by two-term incumbent Gov. Butch Otter. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[2][3]


Fulcher earned his B.S. in 1984 and his Master's in Business Administration in 1988 from Boise State University and another B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Micron University in 1993. His professional experience includes working as a commercial real estate agent, and in sales and marketing for technology companies.


  • B.S. - Boise State University (1984)
  • MBA - Boise State University (1988)
  • B.S. in electrical engineering - Micron University (1993)

Committee assignments


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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
State Affairs


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


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



See also: Idaho gubernatorial election, 2014

Fulcher ran for Governor of Idaho in 2014.[1] He officially entered the race on Nov. 23, 2013, on a platform of protecting Idaho's "true conservative ideals." Upon launching his campaign, Fulcher said he wanted to promote changes to a system which, under the leadership of Gov. Butch Otter, allowed big government to infringe on Idaho's "principles of Liberty and Freedom," citing "the disaster that is Obamacare."[2][3]

Fulcher lost the Republican nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Primary Election Results

  • Republican primary
Governor of Idaho, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngButch Otter Incumbent 51.4% 79,786
Russell Fulcher 43.6% 67,702
Harley D. Brown 3.3% 5,084
Walt Bayes 1.8% 2,761
Total Votes 155,333
Election Results Via:Idaho Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.


Fulcher's 2014 gubernatorial campaign was endorsed by:

Campaign ads

It's Time - Posted to YouTube 5/14/14

Russ Fulcher on Marriage - Posted to YouTube 5/14/14

Senator Russ Fulcher Responds to 2014 State of the State Address - Posted to YouTube 1/6/14


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Fulcher won re-election in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 22. Fulcher ran unopposed in the May 15 Republican primary and ran unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Idaho State Senate, District 22, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRussell Fulcher Incumbent 100% 12,602
Total Votes 12,602


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2010

Fulcher defeated Steven Keith Ricks in the May 25 primary. He ran against Kelly J. Victorine in the general election on November 2, 2010, defeating her.[8]

Idaho State Senate, District 21 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Russell M. Fulcher (R) 14,063 74.8%
Kelly J. Victorine (D) 4,740 25.2%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Fulcher won re-election to the Idaho State Senate, District 21 receiving 21,842 votes. He ran unopposed.[9]

Idaho State Senate, District 21 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Russell Fulcher (R) 21,842

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fulcher is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Fulcher raised a total of $183,193 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 30, 2013.[10]

Russell Fulcher's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho State Senate, District 22 Won $31,292
2010 Idaho State Senate, District 21 Won $49,667
2008 Idaho State Senate, District 21 Won $49,455
2006 Idaho State Senate, District 21 Won $52,779
Grand Total Raised $183,193


Fulcher won re-election to the Idaho State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Fulcher raised a total of $31,292.
Idaho State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Russ Fulcher's campaign in 2012
Micron Technology$2,000
Idaho Association of Realtors$1,500
Northwest Grocery Association$1,000
Idaho Trucking Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$31,292
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Fulcher received $49,667 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[11]

Idaho State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Russ Fulcher's campaign in 2010
Idaho Power Co$2,500
Micron Technology$2,000
Potlatch Corp$2,000
Idaho Association Of Realtors$2,000
Idaho Farm Bureau$2,000
Total Raised in 2010 $49,667


In 2008, Fulcher collected $49,455 in donations.[12]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Micron Technology $2,000
Idaho Power Co. $2,000
Idaho Association of Realtors $1,500
Idaho Farm Bureau $1,400


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

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In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15] Fulcher received a score of 95 points in the 2013 index, ranking 6th out of 35 members of the Idaho State Senate that were evaluated for the study.


Fulcher is married and has three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Corder (R)
Idaho State Senate District 22
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Idaho State Senate District 21
Succeeded by
Clifford Bayer (R)