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}}{{tnr}}'''James E. "Jim" Risch''' (born May 3, 1943 in Milwaukee, [[Wisconsin]]) is a [[U.S. Senate|U.S. Senator]], representing [[Idaho]]. Risch was first elected to [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] in 2008.
 
}}{{tnr}}'''James E. "Jim" Risch''' (born May 3, 1943 in Milwaukee, [[Wisconsin]]) is a [[U.S. Senate|U.S. Senator]], representing [[Idaho]]. Risch was first elected to [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] in 2008.
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Risch is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|lonely far-right Republican follower]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=412322 ''Gov Track'' "Jim Risch," Accessed March 3, 2012]</ref>
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[[Governor of Idaho|Governor]] [[Butch Otter|C.L. "Butch" Otter]] appointed Risch to the [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] seat to succeed Senator Larry Craig, who indicated his resignation on September 30, 2007.<ref name="bioguide"/>
  
Governor [[Butch Otter|C.L. "Butch" Otter]] appointed Risch to the Senate seat to succeed Senator Larry Craig, who indicated his resignation on September 30, 2007. Risch is also the former [[Governor]] and [[Lieutenant Governor]] of [[Idaho]]. 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.
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Risch previously was a member of the [[Idaho State Senate]] from  1975 to 1988 and 1995 to 2002.<ref name=bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=R000584 ''Bioguide'' "Jim Risch" Accessed June 21, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref name="bioguide"/>
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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.<ref name="biogude"/>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Risch is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|lonely far-right Republican follower]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=412322 ''Gov Track'' "Jim Risch," Accessed March 3, 2012]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Risch missed 18 of 1,274 roll call votes from Jan 2009 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 1.4%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/james_risch/412322 ''GovTrack,'' "Jim Risch," Accessed March 29, 2013]</ref>
 
According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Risch missed 18 of 1,274 roll call votes from Jan 2009 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 1.4%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/james_risch/412322 ''GovTrack,'' "Jim Risch," Accessed March 29, 2013]</ref>
  
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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 ranks 16th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 21st overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Idaho]] ranks 15th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average [[U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/928/Sen_Jim_Risch.html LegiStorm "Jim Risch"]</ref>
 
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 ranks 16th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 21st overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Idaho]] ranks 15th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average [[U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/928/Sen_Jim_Risch.html LegiStorm "Jim Risch"]</ref>
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year.  Risch ranked 7th in the conservative rankings among U.S. Senators.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-senate-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012]</ref>
 
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year.  Risch ranked 7th in the conservative rankings among U.S. Senators.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-senate-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
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Revision as of 11:38, 1 July 2013

Jim Risch
Jim Risch.jpg
U.S. Senate, Idaho
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
PredecessorLarry E. Craig (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First elected2008
Next general November 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,114,815
Appointed2007
Appointed byGovernor Butch Otter
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Idaho State Senate
1975-1988,1995-2002
Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
2003-2006, 2007-2009
Governor of Idaho
2006-2007
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Idaho (1965)
J.D.University of Idaho College of Law (1968)
Personal
BirthdayMay 3, 1943
Place of birthMilwaukee, Wisconsin
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$53,385,526
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
James E. "Jim" Risch (born May 3, 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a U.S. Senator, representing Idaho. Risch was first elected to 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]

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.

Biography

Risch was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 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]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Risch serves on the following Senate committees[5]:

2011-2012

Issues

Threaten roadblock

Risch and Mike Crapo are joining Republicans in vowing to block all action until the U.S. 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..

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

“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.”[7]

DADT and DREAM Act

Sens. Risch and Mike Crapo and a majority of Senate Republicans in voting down proposals that would allow homosexuals to openly serve in the military ("Don't Ask, Don't Tell") and allow young people in the U.S. illegally to remain in the country if they attend college or join the military (DREAM Act). Both Risch and Crapo said the two plans were rushed through by Democrats during Congress’s lame duck session.

Risch and Crapo both cast procedural votes against the DREAM Act, short for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, and a defense spending bill that would have repealed the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy preventing gays and lesbians from openly serving.

“Today’s votes were nothing more than the majority checking off a laundry list of campaign promises to their base,” Risch said in a prepared statement. “The DREAM Act remains a deeply troubling bill that provides amnesty and taxpayer-funded benefits to those who broke our nation’s laws. The defense authorization bill was weighed down with social issues like ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and funding for abortions at military clinics. These policies put social change ahead of the well-being of our men and women in uniform.”[8]

Presidential preference

2012

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

Jim Risch endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [9]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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 a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[10]

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 have been critical that President Obama did not offer a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[11][12][13]

According to the website Breitbart, Risch was 1 of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[14][15]

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."[16]

Elections

2008

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.[17]

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

2006

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, 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.

Although he had another opportunity to enter the gubernatorial race after Kempthorne's appointment in March 2006, Risch again chose not to challenge Otter for the position. Risch was unopposed for the 2006 Republican nomination for lieutenant governor and defeated former Democratic Congressman Larry LaRocco in the general election. Risch stepped down as governor in January 2007 and returned to the role of lieutenant governor.


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Risch is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Risch raised a total of $3,114,815 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2013.[18]

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

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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


Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Risch is a "lonely far-right Republican follower".[19]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Risch missed 18 of 1,274 roll call votes from Jan 2009 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 1.4%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.[20]

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 ranks 16th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 21st overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Idaho ranks 15th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[21]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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 net worth decreased by 1.30% from 2010.[22]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Risch's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $19,454,055 and $88,721,997. That averages to $54,088,026, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[23]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

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 2012.[24]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Risch ranked 7th in the conservative rankings among U.S. Senators.[25]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Jim Risch has voted with the Republican Party 90.4% of the time, which ranked 15th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[26]

Recent news

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Personal

Senator Risch and his wife Vicki have been married for 43 years. They have 3 sons, 2 daughters-in-law and 6 grandchildren. Their commitment to Idaho and their work together earned them the distinction of being selected as Idaho's Healthy Marriage Ambassadors in 2007. They live on a ranch outside of Boise and maintain an apartment in Washington, D.C.[27]

Contact Information

Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Room 225, State Capitol
Boise, Idaho 83720-0057
Phone: 208-334-2200
Fax: 208-334-3259

External links

Governor

References

  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named bioguide
  2. Bioguide "Jim Risch" Accessed June 21, 2013
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named biogude
  4. Lieutenant Governor Risch's biography
  5. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 James E. Risch:U.S. Senator for Idaho "Committee Assignments" Accessed October 13, 2001
  7. "Senate Republicans, including Risch and Crapo, put up roadblock on non-tax issues," Idaho Reporter, December 2, 2010
  8. "Risch, Crapo joins Senate GOP to block on DREAM Act, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal," Idaho Reporter, December 9th, 2010
  9. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  10. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  12. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  13. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  14. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  15. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  16. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  18. Open Secrets "Jim Risch" Accessed April 3, 2013
  19. Gov Track "Jim Risch," Accessed March 3, 2012
  20. GovTrack, "Jim Risch," Accessed March 29, 2013
  21. LegiStorm "Jim Risch"
  22. OpenSecrets.org, "Risch, (R-Idaho), 2011"
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Risch, (R-Idaho), 2010"
  24. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  25. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  27. James E. Risch:U.S. State Senator for Idaho "Biography:About" Accessed October 14, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Larry Craig
U.S. Senate - Idaho
2009–present
Succeeded by
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