- Jim Risch
name = Jim Risch
order = 31st
Governor of Idaho
May 26, 2006
January 1, 2007
lieutenant = None (May - June 2006)
Mark Ricks(Jun 2006 - Jan 2007)
order2 = 41st
Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
January 1, 2007
order3 = 39th
Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
January 3, 2003
May 26, 2006
birth_date= birth date and age |1943|05|3
University of Idaho
Latin Rite Catholic
James Elroy Risch (born
May 3, 1943in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is the current Lieutenant Governor of Idaho, candidate for United States Senate, and a former Governor. He became Governor on May 26, 2006because he was serving as Lieutenant Governor when his predecessor Dirk Kempthorneresigned to become U.S. Secretary of the Interior. Risch is a rancher, attorneyand politicianfrom Ada County. He was the first Catholicto serve as Governor of Idaho in over 90 years.
Risch attended the
University of Idahowhere he was a member of the Phi Delta Thetafraternity. He obtained his B.S. in Forestryin 1965 and continued his education at the university's College of Law, serving on Law Review,receiving his J.D. in 1968.
Risch entered politics in 1970, at age 27, winning election as Ada County Prosecuting Attorney. While serving in this capacity, he taught
undergraduateclasses in criminal justiceat Boise State Universityand served as the President of the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association.
Risch was first elected to the Idaho State Senate from Ada County in 1974. He entered the state senate leadership in 1976, serving as
majority leaderand later as president pro tempore. In a dramatic upset, Risch was defeated for reelection in 1988 by Democratic political newcomer and Boise attorney Mike Burkett. As of mid-2006, it remains Idaho's most expensive legislative contest.
In the second political defeat of his career, Risch lost the 1994 primary election for a state senate seat to Roger Madsen. Risch returned to the state senate in 1995, as an appointee of Governor
Phil Batt, who had named Madsen as the state commerce department's director.
In January 2001, Risch had his eye on the lieutenant governor's seat vacated by "Butch" Otter, who resigned to take his elected seat in Congress. However, Governor
Dirk Kempthorneappointed state senator Jack Riggsof Coeur d'Alene to the post instead. The following year Risch defeated Riggs in the Republican primary and won the general election, spending $360,000 of his own money to win the $27,000 a year, part-time post.
On May 26, 2006, Risch became Governor of Idaho when Kempthorne resigned to become the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. Risch served out the remaining seven months of Kempthorne's term, which ended in January 2007.
In August 2006, Risch called a special session of the
Idaho Legislatureto consider his proposed property taxreform bill, entitled the Property Tax Relief Act of 2006.
Risch was expected to enter the 2006 Republican gubernatorial primary to succeed Kempthorne, who was completing his second term at this time of his federal appointment. However, Congressman Otter had announced his candidacy for the position in December 2004, and had gained a significant headstart in campaigning and fundraising. In November 2005, Risch announced his intention to seek election again as
Risch was unopposed for the 2006 Republican nomination for lieutenant governor and defeated former Democratic Congressman
Larry LaRoccoin the general election. Risch's term as governor ended in January 2007 and he returned to the role of lieutenant governor.
August 31, 2007, the Associated Pressreported that Risch may be appointed United States Senatorby current Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to succeed the embattled Larry Craig. The " Idaho Statesman" reported on September 1, however, that Otter's spokesman denied Risch had been selected and that the governor "has made no decision and he is not leaning toward anybody." [cite news
title=Risch rumors about replacing Sen. Craig are 'dead wrong'
accessdate=2007-09-01] On October 9, Risch announced that he is running for the now open senate seat. [cite news
title=Jim Risch announces Senate bid
Coeur d'Alene Press
accessdate=2007-10-10] In May 2008, Risch was selected as the Republican nominee for Craig's open seat in the U.S. Senate. He will meet
Larry LaRocco, a former Democratic congressman, in the November general election. [http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2004442211_apididahosenate1stldwritethru.html?syndication=rss] Risch has defeated LaRocco in two previous elections: for a state senate seat in 1986 and for lieutenant governor in 2006.
* [http://lgo.idaho.gov/biography.html Office of the Lieutenant Governor] Lieutenant Governor Risch's biography
* [http://www.vote-smart.org/bio.php?can_id=BS020815 Project Vote Smart] Risch biography
* [http://www.idahostatesman.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060526/NEWS01/60526007 Risch becomes Idaho's 31st governor] "The Idaho Statesman" 26-May-2006
* [http://www.idahostatesman.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060318/NEWS010702/603180334/1024/NEWS01 Risch revels in upcoming term as king] "The Idaho Statesman" 18-March-2006
* [http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/external/pre-election/bios/15344.html?SITE=NVLASELN&SECTION=POLITICS&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT 2004 Elections - News, opinions & voter information]
* [http://www.risch4idaho.com Jim Risch For US Senate 2008]
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