Richard H. Stallings
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Richard H. Stallings
Richard H. Stallings
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Chair of the Idaho Democratic Party

2005 - December 20, 2007
Bill Mauk
R. Keith Roark
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 2nd district

January 3, 1985 - January 3, 1993
George Hansen
Mike Crapo
Personal details
Richard Howard Stallings

(1940-10-07) October 7, 1940 (age 79)
Ogden, Utah, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
  • Ranae Garner
    (m. 1963; died 2015)
  • Rebecca Anne Richards (m. 2018)
Children2 sons, 1 daughter
ResidenceIsland Park (formerly Pocatello and Rexburg)
Alma materWeber State College, B.S. 1965
Utah State University, M.S. 1968
Colorado College

Richard Howard Stallings (born October 7, 1940) is a Democratic politician from the state of Idaho, representing Idaho's 2nd congressional district from 1985 to 1993.

Early life and career

Richard Stallings was born in Ogden, Utah to Howard and Elizabeth (née Austin) Stallings in 1940. Richard was raised in Ogden along with his younger sister, Marilyn. He grew up active in Scouting, earning the rank of Eagle Scout at age 16, and a year later the Silver Award.[1] Stallings is a graduate of the Ben Lomond High School class of 1958. He served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand from 1960 to 1962. While attending Weber State College, Richard met his first wife, Ranae Garner.[2] The couple were married in 1963 in the Salt Lake Temple in a ceremony officiated by Spencer W. Kimball. He earned a Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science from Weber State College, then went on to earn a Master of Science in History from Utah State University, having fulfilled a portion of his Master's studies at Colorado College. Stallings taught history at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho from 1969 until his election to Congress in 1984. During those years, Ranae gave birth to a son and a daughter, and the couple adopted another son.

Political career

Idaho Democrats nominated Stallings to challenge four-term Republican incumbent George Hansen in 1982, but he lost in the general election. In 1984, after Hansen was censured by the House of Representatives, Stallings defeated him in a hotly contested race by fewer than 200 votes. Despite representing a heavily Republican district, Stallings was re-elected three times by comfortable margins.

A conservative Democrat, Stallings unexpectedly won three votes for the presidential nomination from pro-life delegates at the 1988 Democratic National Convention.[3]

Stallings was the Democratic nominee in 1992 for an open seat in the United States Senate, but lost to Dirk Kempthorne, the popular two-term mayor of Boise.

In 1993, Stallings was appointed United States Nuclear Waste Negotiator by President Bill Clinton and served in that capacity until the office was eliminated in early 1995.

Stallings attempted to win his old House seat back in 1998, but was defeated by Mike Simpson of Blackfoot in the general election. The seat was open, as three-term incumbent Mike Crapo successfully ran for an open seat in the U.S. Senate.

After leaving Congress, Stallings later served as executive director of the Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services and later on the Pocatello, Idaho, City Council from 2001 to December 20, 2007.[4]

Idaho Democratic Party Chair

In 2005, Stallings won election[5] as chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party. Stallings was re-elected state Democratic chair in 2007. Stallings resigned on December 20, 2007.[6]

2014 Congressional Campaign

On March 14, 2014, Stallings filed to run as the Democratic candidate for his old U.S. House seat in Idaho's Second Congressional District.[7] He was the Democratic nominee after the uncontested primary election,[8] but was defeated by Simpson in the general election.[9]

Election results

U.S. House elections (Idaho's 2nd district): Results 1982-1990, 1998
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1982 Richard Stallings 76,608 48% George Hansen (inc.) 83,873 52%
1984 Richard Stallings 101,266 50% George Hansen (inc.) 101,133 50%
1986 Richard Stallings (inc.) 103,035 54% Mel Richardson 86,528 46%
1988 Richard Stallings (inc.) 127,956 63% Dane Watkins 68,226 34% Donovan Bramwell Libertarian 5,703 3%
1990 Richard Stallings (inc.) 98,008 64% Sean McDevitt 56,004 32%
1998 Richard Stallings 77,736 45% Mike Simpson 91,337 53% Jonathan B. Ratner Natural Law 4,854 3%
2014 Richard Stallings 82,801 39% Mike Simpson 131,492 61%
U.S. Senate elections in Idaho (Class III): Results 1992
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1992 Richard Stallings 208,036 43.5% Dirk Kempthorne 270,468 56.5%



 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

  1. ^ "Richard Stallings Scouting Credentials". Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Ranae Stallings Obituary". Retrieved .
  3. ^ Staff, Special Collections. "Richard H. Stallings Biography, Idaho State University Library". Retrieved .
  4. ^ release, Idaho Democratic Party press. "Bannock County Democrats to host Richard Stallings Banquet". Idaho State Journal. Retrieved .
  5. ^ release, Idaho Democratic Party press. "Bannock County Democrats to host Richard Stallings Banquet". Idaho State Journal. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Robinson, Jeff. "Richard Stallings Resigns as State Democratic Party Chair". Archived from the original on 2008-08-01. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Idaho Secretary of State 2014 Final Primary List of Declared Candidates" (PDF). Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Statewide Totals". Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Statewide Totals". Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Office of the Clerk: Election statistics". U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved 2013.

External links

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George V. Hansen
United States House of Representatives, Idaho Second Congressional District
January 4, 1985 - January 5, 1993
Succeeded by
Mike Crapo
Political offices
Preceded by
David H. Leroy
United States Nuclear Waste Negotiator
Under President Bill Clinton

1993 - 1995
Succeeded by
(agency eliminated)
Party political offices
Preceded by
John V. Evans
Democratic Party nominee, U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Idaho
1992 (lost)
Succeeded by
Bill Mauk
Preceded by
Bill Mauk
Chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party
2005 - 2007
Succeeded by
R. Keith Roark

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