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 primaryMay 20, 2014
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$-56,998.50
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, in Carolina, Puerto Rico) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Idaho's 1st Congressional District. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2010.[2][3]

Labrador won re-election on November 6, 2012.[4]

He was considering a run for Governor of Idaho in 2014, but announced on August 14, 2013, that he would instead seek re-election to a third term in the House.[5][6][7]

He previously was a member of the Idaho House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Labrador is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.


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.[2]


Labrador was a Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives. He represented District 14B from 2006-2010. District 14 includes Ada County, which represents the Greater Boise area.[9] He was last re-elected in November of 2008 with his term expiring in 2010. Labrador ran for and won election to Idaho's 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010.[10]

In August 2012, he was included in a list of 20 Latino political rising stars compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle.[11]

  • Labrador is a practicing attorney.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Labrador serves on the following committees:[12]


Idaho House of Representatives


Labrador was a member of these committees:


Legislative actions

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[15] For more information pertaining to Labrador's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[16]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Labrador voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[17]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Labrador voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[17]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Labrador voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[18] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[17]


Voted "No" Labrador voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[17]


Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[19] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[20][21] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[21] Labrador voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[22][23] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[23] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[24] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Labrador joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[22][23]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[25] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[26] Labrador voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[27]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[28] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Labrador voted against HR 2775.[29]

Pay during government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Labrador had his pay withheld during the shutdown.[30]

On October 9, 2013, Labrador spoke of the shutdown on NPR News' Morning Edition, saying, "I personally would be willing to give the president a one year CR and I have a lot of conservatives there with me, which would be good for the president, in exchange for a one-year delay in the implementation of Obamacare. And I think that would be something where both sides actually would be able to get something out of these negotiations...We're not the ones who wanted to shut down the government. You need to remember that. We wanted to keep the government open. This entire battle is about Harry Reid making sure that he keeps the Senate and that he wins the House of Representatives. That's why he wants the shut down. And I fear that that's why they want actually to breach the debt ceiling at some point, because they believed that we're going to get blamed for it of."[31]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Labrador voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[17]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Labrador voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[17]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Labroador voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[17]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Labrador voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[17]

Proposal to protect against discrimination from IRS

In September 2013 Labrador announced a bipartisan proposal that would protect religious institutions and other nonprofit groups that do not recognize same-sex marriages from potential discrimination by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).[32]

The bill is a "narrowly-tailored piece of legislation" that would protect groups "from discrimination by the federal government," Labrador said in an interview.[32]

Labrador said he began drafting his proposal partly out of fear that the IRS and other federal agencies might unfairly target groups that oppose same-sex marriage after the Supreme Court struck down a federal law barring gay couples from obtaining federal benefit this summer.[32]

After the court's decision, "there were a lot of ideas about what to do," Labrador said. "Some people looked at overturning it, or doing a constitutional amendment. I looked at the immediate need, which is the protection of religious institutions and churches, so that they can continue practicing their religion as they see fit."[32]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[33]

Healthcare 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 Healthcare 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 joined with 19 states in a separate suit against the requirement.[34]


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."[35]



See also: Idaho gubernatorial election, 2014 and Idaho's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Labrador was considering a run for Governor of Idaho in 2014.[5] He announced on August 14, 2013, that he would instead seek re-election to a third term in the House.[5][36][37] He will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Idaho's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Labrador ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent 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.[38]

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"
U.S. House, Idaho District 1 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).[39]

Full history


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). He defeated Democrat Glida Bothwell, who received 30.9% of the vote (9,869 votes).[41]

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.[42]

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


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Labrador's reports.[43]


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.[49] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[50]

Cost per vote

Labrador spent $3.03 per vote received in 2012.


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 .[51]

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.[52]


In 2008, Labrador raised $18,362.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign.[53]

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


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.[54]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[55]

Labrador most often votes with:

Labrador least often votes with:

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 January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 4.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[56]

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 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.[57]

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, Labrador's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between -$144,994 and $30,997. That averages to -$56,998.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Labrador ranked as the 430th most wealthy representative in 2012.[58]

Raul Labrador Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

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.[59]


Labrador ranked 174th in the conservative rankings.[60]

Voting with party


Raul R. Labrador voted with the Republican Party 94.6% of the time, which ranked 175th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[61]


Labrado and his wife, Rebecca, are the proud parents of five children – Michael, Katerina, Joshua, Diego and Rafael. They live in Eagle, Idaho.[8]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Congressman Raul Labrador "Biography" accessed October 28, 2011
  3. Roll Call "Ex-NFL Player to Challenge Labrador in Idaho" accessed December 5, 2011
  4. Politico "2012 Election Map, Idaho"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Idaho Statesman, "Labrador mulling race for Idaho governor, but insists he's not decided," January 14, 2013
  6. Fox News, "Rep. Raul Labrador To Seek Re-Election, Ends Speculation About Run For Governor," accessed August 14, 2013
  7. Idaho Statesman, "Idaho US Rep. Labrador plans 2014 run for Congress," accessed August 14, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 Raul Labrador for Idaho "About Raul" accessed October 28, 2011
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Preceded by
Walt Minnick
U.S. House of Representatives - Idaho District 1
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Stan Bastian
Idaho House of Representatives - District 14B
Succeeded by
Reed DeMordaunt