Raul Labrador

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Raul R. Labrador
Raul R. Labrador.jpg
U.S. House, Idaho, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
First elected2010
Next general2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Idaho House of Representatives
2006-2010
Education
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University[1]
J.D.University of Washington School of Law
Personal
BirthdayDecember 8, 1967
Place of birthCarolina, Puerto Rico
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Raul R. Labrador campaign logo
Raúl Rafael Labrador (b. December 8, 1967) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Labrador was elected by voters from Idaho's 1st congressional district.

Labrador is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Idaho's 1st District. He is seeking the nomination on the Republican ticket. There are four other candidates seeking the office[2]. Primary elections will be held on March 15, 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Labrador is a "centrist Republican follower".[3]

Biography

Labrador was born in Puerto Rico. After high school, he went on to obtain a degree from Brigham Young University and later completed his J.D. from the University of Washington. Labrador, an immigration attorney, ran his own law practice until elected to Congress.[4]

Labrador was a Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives. He represented District 14B from 2006-2010. He was last re-elected in November of 2008 with his term expiring in 2010. Labrador ran for and won election toIdaho's 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010.[5]

Career

  • Labrador is a practicing attorney.

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives

2011-2012

Idaho House of Representatives

2009-2010

Labrador was a member of these committees:

Issues

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Raul R. Labrador has voted with the Republican Party 89 of the time, which ranked 200 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[9]

Reaction to Harry Reid

On August 10, 2010, Democratic U.S. Senate Leader Harry Reid expressed confusion over some political persuasions of Hispanic Americans.

"I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK," Reid said, speaking to Latino supporters. "Do I need to say more?"

Labrador said these comments about Hispanics in the Republican Party were "racist, outrageous, and unacceptable." Labrador called on Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick and party leaders to denounce Reid’s comments.

"Harry Reid’s latest race-baited comments are simply unacceptable to all members of the Hispanic community," Labrador, who was born in Puerto Rico, said in a news release. "Contrary to Senator Reid’s beliefs, the Latino community is perfectly capable of making choices of political affiliation that are in its best interests, including being Republicans."

Minnick's campaign manager said, "Walt doesn’t make any decision based on what Raul Labrador tells him to do."[10]

Health care legislation

In response to the December 13, 2010 Eastern District of Virginia ruling on Ken Cuccinelli's suit challenging the constitutionality of the 2010 health care reform law, congressman-elect Labrador said:

"Today’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson in Virginia that the Health Care Reform Bill passed by Congress last Christmas Eve contains unconstitutional requirements represents a great victory for all Americans and our Constitution."

Labrador was one of the key figures behind the Idaho Health Freedom Act, which authorized Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to sue the federal government over the individual insurance mandate. Idaho had joined with 19 states in a separate suit against the requirement and is awaiting a formal hearing in the case.[11]

Elections

2012

See also: Idaho's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Labrador is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Idaho's 1st District. Labrador won the nomination on the Republican ticket, defeating Reed McCandless. Jimmy Farris and Cynthia Clinkingbeard are running as Democrats. Additionally, Rob Oates is running as a Libertarian. Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline of March 9, 2012. The primary elections were held on May 15, 2012.[12]

Idaho's 1st Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRaul Labrador Incumbent 80.6% 58,003
Reed McCandless 19.4% 13,917
Total Votes 71,920

Endorsements

Laborador was endorsed by the National Rifle Assocition (NRA).[13]

2010

On November 2, 2010, Labrador won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Walt Minnick (D), Dave Olson (I) and Mike Washburn (L) in the general election.[14]

U.S. House of Representatives, Idaho's 1st Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRaul R. Labrador 51.3% 126,231
     Democratic Walt Minnick 41.5% 102,135
     Independent Dave Olson 7.1% 17,429
     Libertarian Mike Washburn 0% 91
Total Votes 245,886

2010

See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Labrador ran for the 1st District congressional seat in 2010. He defeated Vaughn Ward in the Republican primary on May 25. [15]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Republican Raul Labrador won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 14B receiving 69.1% of the vote (22,093 votes), ahead of Democrat Glida Bothwell who received 30.9% of the vote (9,869 votes).[16]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 14B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Raul Labrador (R) 22,093 69.1%
Glida Bothwell (D) 9,869 30.9%

Campaign donors

2010

Between July and September 2010, Labrador raised more than $250,000 for his campaign.

“These donations will allow me to deliver the message of limited government, lower taxes, repealing Obamacare and getting government off the backs of small businesses,” Labrador said in a news release.[17]

2008

In 2008, Labrador raised $18,362.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign. [18]


Donor Amount
David W. & Kristin J. Turnbell $1,000

District 14-B

Labrador represented seat B in Idaho House District 14. District 14 includes Ada County which represents the Greater Boise area[19].

Campaign donors

Breakdown of the source of Labrador's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Labrador won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Labrador's campaign committee raised a total of $726,288 and spent $686,293 .[20]

U.S. House of Representatives, Idaho's 1st Congressional District, 2010 - Raul Labrador Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $726,288
Total Spent $686,293
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $2,649,048
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $2,473,287
Top contributors to Raul Labrador's campaign committee
State of Idaho$10,500
Freedom Fund$10,000
Fast Enterprises$9,600
Lcf Enterprises$9,600
Longview Partners Investment$9,600
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$56,047
Leadership PACs$52,341
Real Estate$26,951
Misc Business$20,596
Misc Finance$19,000

Personal

Labrado and his wife, Rebecca, are the proud parents of five children – Michael, Katerina, Joshua, Diego and Rafael. They live in Eagle, Idaho.[6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Walt Minnick
U.S. House of Representatives - Idaho District 1
2011–present
Succeeded by
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Political offices
Preceded by
Stan Bastian
Idaho House District 14B
2006–2010
Succeeded by
Reed DeMordaunt