Marvin Thomas Richardson
August 5, 1941 (age 78)
Carbon County, Wyoming
|Political party||Independent (2006-present)|
Constitution Party (until 2006)
|Spouse(s)||Jean Benson (1964-1982)|
Kirsten Faith Richardson (1982-present)
|Alma mater||Brigham Young University|
Pro-Life (born Marvin Thomas Richardson; August 5, 1941) is an aspiring Idaho politician and strawberry farmer known for his strong opposition to abortion, which inspired him to change his name. He lives in the unincorporated community of Letha, Idaho. He has made several unsuccessful runs for political office in Idaho and has been labeled a perennial candidate. Having stated his intention to continue running for office until his death, Pro-Life was most recently a candidate in the 2018 general election in Idaho.
Born Marvin Thomas Richardson, Pro-Life was born in Carbon County, Wyoming. He played basketball in high school and attended Brigham Young University on an athletic scholarship but was eventually cut from the varsity basketball team. He graduated from BYU in 1967 with a degree in political science after serving as an LDS missionary in Arizona, California, and Nevada.
Pro-Life has worked as an organic farmer since 2002, mainly farming strawberries. He has previously worked as an accountant, a coal miner, and a salesman of irrigation equipment and Caterpillar parts.
Having legally changed his middle name to "Pro-Life" in 2004, Richardson filed for the 2006 Idaho governor's race as Marvin Pro-Life Richardson. The Idaho Secretary of State's office would not allow Richardson to appear on the ballot with his new middle name, although he could be listed as Marvin P. Richardson. Secretary of State Ben Ysursa said, "We've made it clear to him since March we were not going to put 'pro-life' on the ballot, and that's still our position. The ballot is not supposed to be a forum for political expression--it's supposed to be as neutral as it can be." Richardson was invited to participate in the 2006 gubernatorial debate, but did not respond to his invitation in time. Initially, Richardson was the Constitution Party's candidate in the 2006 gubernatorial election, but the Constitution Party of Idaho disavowed him. That year, he had his name changed to simply "Pro-Life," but still appeared as Marvin Richardson on the ballot. In the election, he received 1.62 percent of the vote, behind Democrat Jerry Brady and the winner, Republican Butch Otter.
In 2008, Pro-Life ran as an independent for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Larry Craig. That year, he was allowed to appear on the ballot as "Pro-Life". The executive director of an Idaho pro-life group expressed concern that voters would mistake Pro-Life's name on the ballot for a position rather than a candidate. Such fears led to a qualifier next to Pro-Life's name on the ballot: "(A person, formerly known as Marvin Richardson)". He has appeared thus on all subsequent Idaho ballots. He received 1.34 percent of the votes in the race, behind Libertarian Kent Marmon, independent Rex Rammell, Democrat Larry LaRocco, and the winner, Republican Jim Risch.
In 2010, Pro-Life ran for governor for a second time. He came in fifth in the race, behind Libertarian Ted Dunlap, independent Jana Kemp, Democrat Keith Allred, and the winner, Republican Butch Otter.
Pro-Life was a candidate for Idaho's 1st congressional district in the United States Congress in 2012. He ran against incumbent Republican Raúl Labrador and Democrat Jimmy Farris. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Pro-Life's 2012 campaign was entirely self-financed. The incumbent won the race.
He opposed the Troubled Asset Relief Program as a candidate in 2008, citing concerns that its implementation would result in "a total fascist dictatorship run by the bankers." He opposes war undertaken without a declaration of war by Congress; he supports a non-interventionist foreign policy and considers the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya to be unjust and unconstitutional. He also opposes public education, which he considers to be communist. After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, he suggested allowing Idaho sheriffs to organize groups of armed volunteers to protect schools.
He has been married to Kirsten Faith Richardson since 1982. In 2006, she ran for the Idaho House of Representatives as the Constitution Party nominee against Republican Steven Thayn, receiving 3,026 votes (24.56%). Pro-Life encouraged her to run for this position, despite their conviction that women should not work outside the home.
Pro-Life has 15 children, 7 from his previous wife, 8 from his current wife.
|2004||Kathy Skippen||11,216||77.9%||Marvin Richardson||Constitution||3,189||22.1%|
|Year||Democrat||Votes||Pct||Republican||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct|
|2006||Jerry Brady||198,845||44.11%||Butch Otter||237,437||52.67%||Marvin Richardson||Constitution||7,309||1.62%||Libertarian||7,241||1.61%|
|2010||Keith G. Allred||148,680||32.9%||Butch Otter||267,483||59.1%||Jana Kemp||Independent||26,655||5.9%||Ted Dunlap||Libertarian||5,867||1.3%||Pro-Life||Independent||3,850||0.85%|
|2014||A.J. Balukoff||169,556||38.55%||Butch Otter||235,405||53.52%||John Bujak||Libertarian||17,884||4.07%||Jill Humble||Libertarian||8,801||2%||Steve Pankey||Constitution||5,219||1.19%||Pro-Life||Independent||2,870||0.65%|
|Year||Democrat||Votes||Pct||Republican||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct|
|2008||Larry LaRocco||219,903||34.11%||Jim Risch||371,744||57.65%||Rex Rammell||Independent||34,510||5.35%||Kent Marmon||Libertarian||9,958||1.54%||Pro-Life||Independent||8,662||1.34%|
|Year||Democrat||Votes||Pct||Republican||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct|
|2012||Jimmy Farris||97,436||30.8%||Raúl Labrador||199,489||63%||Rob Oates||Libertarian||12,264||3.9%||Pro-Life||Independent||7,605||2.4%|