|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Idaho's 1st district
January 3, 2019
|Member of the Idaho Senate|
January 2005 - December 1, 2014
|Lori Den Hartog|
|Constituency||21st district |
Russell Mark Fulcher
March 9, 1962
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
|Education||Boise State University (BA, MBA)|
Russell Mark Fulcher (born March 9, 1962) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Idaho's 1st congressional district since 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served in the Idaho Senate where he represented Legislative District 21 from 2005 to 2012 and Legislative District 22 from 2012 until 2014.
Fulcher ran for the position of Governor of Idaho in 2014 but narrowly lost the nomination to incumbent Butch Otter. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 and succeeded incumbent Raúl Labrador, who retired from Congress to run, unsuccessfully, for Governor of Idaho.
A fourth-generation Idahoan, Russ Fulcher was born in Boise, Idaho, but grew up on a dairy farm in Meridian, Idaho. He married Kara Fulcher and together they have three children. The couple were divorced in 2018. Fulcher received both a bachelor's and master's degree in business administration from Boise State University in 1984 and 1988, respectively. He also completed a course on electronic engineering through Micron Technology.
While a member of the Idaho legislature, Fulcher worked as a broker in the commercial real estate business. Prior to that, he was in Idaho's technology industry doing business in 47 countries for 24 years. Fulcher spent much of that time working in international business development with Micron Technology.
In 2005, Fulcher was appointed by Governor Dirk Kempthorne to the Idaho State Senate representing Idaho's 21st Legislative District, which encompasses large portions of Boise, Meridian and Kuna, to replace Jack Noble, who resigned after a conflict of interest. Fulcher was first elected in 2006 and served through 2012.
He served has State Senate Majority Caucus Leader from 2008 to 2012, and from 2013 to 2014.
Fulcher served on the following Committees:
Fulcher won the Idaho Republican Party primary with 43.1% of the vote, defeating David H. Leroy, Luke Malek, Christy Perry, Michael Snyder, Alex Gallegos, and Nick Henderson. Fulcher won 18 of 19 counties in Idaho's 1st congressional district. He was one of two candidates to win his home county.
|Republican||David H. Leroy||15,451||15.6|
|Libertarian||W. Scott Howard||5,435||1.7|
|Constitution||Marvin "Pro-Life" Richardson||3,181||1.0|
|Independent||Michael J. Rath (write-in)||91||0.0|
On November 23, 2013, Fulcher officially announced his intention to run against incumbent governor Butch Otter in the 2014 Idaho gubernatorial election. Fulcher was endorsed by Congressman Raúl Labrador.
Fulcher lost against Otter in the Republican primary in May 2014, earning 43.6% of the vote.