Raul Labrador

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Raul R. Labrador
Raul R. Labrador.jpg
U.S. House, Idaho, District 1
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorWalt Minnick (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,556,483
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Idaho House of Representatives
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University[1]
J.D.University of Washington School of Law
Date of birthDecember 8, 1967
Place of birthCarolina, Puerto Rico
Net worth-$64,999
ReligionThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
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. He won re-election in November 2012.[2].

Labrador won re-election on November 6, 2012.[3]


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]

In August 2012, he was included in a list of 20 Latino political rising stars compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle.[6]


  • Labrador is a practicing attorney.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Labrador serves on the following committees:[8]


Idaho House of Representatives


Labrador was a member of these committees:


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."[11]

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.[12]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Labrador voted against 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. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[13]



See also: Idaho gubernatorial election, 2014

Labrador is considering a run for Governor of Idaho in 2014.[14]


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

Labrador ran 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. He defeated Jimmy Farris (D), Pro-Life (I), and Rob Oates (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[15]

U.S. House, Idaho District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRaul R. Labrador Incumbent 63% 199,402
     Democratic Jimmy Farris 30.8% 97,450
     Libertarian Rob Oates 3.9% 12,265
     Independent Pro-Life 2.4% 7,607
Total Votes 316,724
Source: Idaho Secretary of State "November 6, 2012 General Election Results"

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


Laborador was endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA).[16]

Full history


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. [18]


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).[19]

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

Comprehensive donor information for Labrador is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Labrador raised a total of $1,556,483 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[20]

Raul Labrador's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Idaho, District 1) Won $830,195
2010 U.S. House (Idaho, District 1) Won $726,288
Grand Total Raised $1,556,483


Breakdown of the source of Labrador's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Labrador won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Labrador's campaign committee raised a total of $830,195 and spent $604,719.[21]


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.[22]


In 2008, Labrador raised $18,362.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign. [23]

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[24].

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 .[25]


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Labrador is a "moderate Republican follower," as of June 14, 2013.[26]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Labrador missed 76 of 1,695 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 4.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[27]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Labrador paid his congressional staff a total of $758,732 in 2011. He ranks 29th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 32nd overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Idaho ranks 25th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[28]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Labrador's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$145,995 and $15,997. That averages to -$64,999, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 103.13% from 2010.[29]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Labrador's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-130,993 and $66,997. That averages to $-31,998, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[30]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Labrador ranked 189th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[31]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Labrador ranked 174th in the conservative rankings.[32]

Voting with party


Raul R. Labrador voted with the Republican Party 94.6 of the time, which ranked 175 among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[33]


Labrado and his wife, Rebecca, are the proud parents of five children – Michael, Katerina, Joshua, Diego and Rafael. They live in Eagle, Idaho.[7]

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  1. '"Mormon Media Observer" piece on Labrador in Mormon Times, Accessed October 28, 2011
  2. Roll Call "Ex-NFL Player to Challenge Labrador in Idaho" Accessed December 5, 2011
  3. Politico "2012 Election Map, Idaho"
  4. Congressman Raul Labrador "Biography" Accessed October 28, 2011
  5. "Rep. Raul Labrador wins Idaho primary upset," Politico, May 26, 2010
  6. San Francisco Chronicle "20 Latino political rising stars of 2012 (with PHOTO GALLERY)," August 25, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 Raul Labrador for Idaho "About Raul" Accessed October 28, 2011
  8. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Congressman Raul Labrador "Committees" Accessed October 28, 2011
  10. Idaho House, Members of Idaho house standing committees
  11. "Labrador criticizes Harry Reid’s Hispanic comments," Idaho Reporter, August 11, 2010
  12. "Labrador calls Virginia health reform ruling ‘a great victory for all Americans,’" Idaho Reporter, December 13th, 2010
  13. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  14. Idaho Statesman, "Labrador mulling race for Idaho governor, but insists he's not decided," January 14, 2013
  15. Idaho Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  16. NRA PVF "Idaho Endorsements" Accessed May 1, 2012
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. Labrador Wins IdahoReporter.com
  19. Idaho House of Representatives official election results for 2008
  20. Open Secrets "Raul Labrador" Accessed April 5, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Raul Labrador 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  22. "Minnick, Labrador raise hundreds of thousands in last three months," Idaho Reporter, October 8, 2010
  23. 2008 contributors to Raul Labrador
  24. "Idaho Legislature" 2009 Legislative Directory, July 22, 2009(See page 2)
  25. Open Secrets "John Kerry 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed October 2011
  26. Gov Track "Labrador" Accessed June 14, 2013
  27. GovTrack, "Raul Labrador," Accessed April 1, 2013
  28. LegiStorm "Raul Labrador"
  29. OpenSecrets.org, "Labrador (R-Idaho), 2011"
  30. OpenSecrets.org, "Labrador, (R-Idaho), 2010"
  31. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  32. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  33. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Walt Minnick
U.S. House of Representatives - Idaho District 1
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Stan Bastian
Idaho House District 14B
Succeeded by
Reed DeMordaunt