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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, by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election, fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 that aimed to prevent the determination of the next president of the United States. Shortly after the 2020 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 discounted, claiming that some voters there followed procedures set by the wrong state officials. The case amplified lies and conspiracy theories that fueled the movement that led to the attack on the Capitol. The Supreme Court rejected the case. Following the rejection of several cases before the Supreme Court, one legislator called for violence. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the attack on the Capitol, Fulcher voted for the exclusion of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania — states narrowly won by Democrats — from the count of Electoral College votes that determined the next President of the United States.

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]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Fulcher.

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 Jun 22, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

The Club for Growth: 94% League of Conservation Voters: 3% Human Rights Campaign: 0% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Russ Fulcher sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Fulcher sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Energy (43%) Science, Technology, Communications (29%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (29%)

Recent Bills

Some of Fulcher’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Fulcher voted Nay

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 Nay

Fulcher voted Aye

Passed 260/165 on Dec 11, 2019.

Fulcher voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Jun 2021, Fulcher missed 23 of 1,134 roll call votes, which is 2.0%. This is on par with 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

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: