John Rusche

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John Rusche
Idaho House of Representatives District 6B
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 11
Minority Caucus Chair, Idaho State House
Base salary$16,116/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Notre Dame, 1973
M.D.University School of Medicine, 1977
Date of birthDecember 3, 1950
Place of birthWaukesha, WI
Office website
Personal 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]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Good jobs and business growth depends 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 a business plan for growth."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "The Affordable Care Act adopted in 2010 offers an opportunity to expand coverage (which should lower the cost shift to those currently insured) but also to improve the cost of American healthcare. These changes will require a lot of State activity if they are to be done in the best manner for our citizens.I will continue to work to represent the best interests of Idaho patients, families and businesses as the transformation takes place over the ensuing years."
  • Education
Excerpt: "As a Legislator, I will continue to fight to make the education system in Idaho better. I will work with other Legislators to increase the funding our schools so desperately need while making sure that we get good value for our education spending. I will defend our teachers and our schools, and continue to focus on preparing our students for the world of the future."
  • Teamwork
Excerpt: "All too often pragmatic solutions are less prominent in the Legislature or the Congress that political or partisan posturing. I do not think that is what the founders intended. I intend to continue to work for my constituents. With anyone. In a flexible and solution oriented manner for the common good."



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. [2][3]

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.[4]

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).[5]

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.[6]

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. [7]

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 Health Care Association $1,000
Idaho Education Association $1,000


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.[8] 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)