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Rep. Russ Fulcher

Representative for Idaho’s 1st District

pronounced russ // FUL-cher

Fulcher is the representative for Idaho’s 1st congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2019. Fulcher is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Fulcher is among the Republican legislators who participated in the months-long, multifarious attempted coup following the 2020 presidential election. Shortly after the election, Fulcher joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discarded, in order to change the outcome of the election, based on lies and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. (Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence.) On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the insurrection at the Capitol, Fulcher voted to reject the state-certified election results of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania (states narrowly won by Democrats), which could have changed the outcome of the election. These legislators have generally changed their story after their vote, claiming it was merely a protest and not intended to change the outcome of the election as they clearly sought prior to the vote. The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Rep. Fulcher was accused of assaulting a Capitol Police officer when refusing to fully comply with security procedures before entering the House floor on January 12, 2021. That the Capitol Police were investigating became public when they interviewed a Huffington Post reporter who'd witnessed the event as part of the investigation.

Feb. 17, 2021 U.S. Capitol Police interviewed a Huffington Post reporter who'd observed and reported the incident being investigated.
Photo of Rep. Russ Fulcher [R-ID1]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Fulcher is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Fulcher has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to May 13, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Russ Fulcher sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Fulcher sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Energy (36%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (27%) Science, Technology, Communications (18%) Agriculture and Food (18%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Fulcher recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Fulcher voted Nay

Fulcher voted Yea

Passed 361/69 on Mar 9, 2022.

Fulcher voted Nay

Fulcher voted Nay

Fulcher voted Nay

Passed 379/51 on Oct 19, 2021.

Fulcher voted Nay

Passed 416/2 on Jul 29, 2021.

Fulcher voted Yea

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

Fulcher voted Nay

Fulcher voted Nay

Fulcher voted Aye

Passed 260/165 on Dec 11, 2019.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to May 2022, Fulcher missed 54 of 1,588 roll call votes, which is 3.4%. This is worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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