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Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho)

Political Highlights: Ada County prosecuting attorney, 1970-74; Idaho Senate, 1974-89; defeated for re-election to Idaho Senate, 1988; sought Republican nomination for Idaho Senate, 1994; Idaho Senate, 1995-2003; lieutenant governor, 2003-06; governor, 2006; lieutenant governor, 2007-09; U.S. Senate, 2009-present
Born: May 3, 1943; Milwaukee, Wis.
Residence: Boise
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Vicki Risch; three children
Education: U. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, attended 1961-63; U. of Idaho, B.S. 1965; U. of Idaho, J.D. 1968
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2008 (2nd term)
Committee Assignments: Energy & Natural Resources (Energy - Chairman; Public Lands, Forests and Mining; Water & Power); Foreign Relations (Europe and Regional Security Cooperation; Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions; Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism - Chairman; State Department and USAID Management); Small Business & Entrepreneurship; Select Ethics; Select Intelligence

Election History
2014generalJim Risch (R) 285,59665.3
Nels Mitchell (D) 151,57434.7
2008generalJim Risch (R) 371,74457.7
Larry LaRocco (D) 219,90334.1
Rex Rammell (I) 34,5105.4
Kent Marmon (LIBERT) 9,9581.5
. Pro-Life (I) 8,6621.3
Roll Call Vitals


Idaho is 44th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


Twitter Followers (@SenatorRisch)

Sen. Jim Risch has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

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Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.