James Risch

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James Risch
James E Risch, official Senate photo portrait, 2009.jpg
Junior U.S. Senator from Idaho
From: January 3, 2009 – Present
Predecessor Larry Craig
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Governor of Idaho
From: May 26, 2006 – January 1, 2007
Predecessor Dirk Kempthorne
Successor Butch Otter
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Vicki Risch
Religion Roman Catholic

James Elroy Risch (born May 3, 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is the junior United States Senator for Idaho and a member of the Republican Party. Previously he served in the Idaho State Senate, and was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2006. He became Governor after the resignation of Dirk Kempthorne to become U.S. Secretary of the Interior. As governor, Risch signed legislation that reduced property taxes by 20% and added $100 million in a "rainy day" fund for schools.[1]

Risch was elected to the United States Senate in 2008 with 58 percent of the vote. He serves in six Senate Committees, including the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Select Committee on Intelligence, Select Committee on Ethics, Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Joint Economic Committee. He has voted with his Republican colleagues 93.5% of the time.[2]

In August 2021, Risch joined eighteen Moderate Republican colleagues to support the Biden "infrastructure" legislation, which the Senate approved, 69 to 30.

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