James (Jim) E. Risch (R)

US Senator James Risch

James (Jim) E. Risch (R)
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Capitol: 202.224.2752
FAX: 202.224.2573
District: 208.342.7985
Senator
Room 483 RSOB- Russell Senate Office Building 2 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-1206
1411 Falls Avenue East
Twin Falls, ID 83301-3455
Residence:Boise, ID

Committee Assignments

RM MemberSenate Committee on Foreign Relations
ChairmanSenate Caucus on WMD Terrorism (Weapons of Mass Destruction)
FC MemberSenate Nuclear Caucus
Co-ChairSenate National Laboratory Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Working Forests Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Outdoor Recreation Caucus
RM MemberSenate Committee on Foreign Relations
ChairmanSenate Caucus on WMD Terrorism (Weapons of Mass Destruction)
FC MemberSenate Nuclear Caucus
Co-ChairSenate National Laboratory Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Working Forests Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Outdoor Recreation Caucus
FC MemberFormer Governors Caucus
FC MemberHonoring, Embracing, and Recognizing Our Exceptional Service Members (HEROES) Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Energy
MemberSenate Select Committee on Ethics
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Water and Power
MemberSenate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
FC MemberFormer Governors Caucus
FC MemberHonoring, Embracing, and Recognizing Our Exceptional Service Members (HEROES) Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Energy
MemberSenate Select Committee on Ethics
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Water and Power
MemberSenate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
FC MemberSenate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
MemberSenate Select Committee on Intelligence
MemberSenate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
FC MemberAnti-Value Added Tax Caucus (Anti-VAT Caucus)
FC MemberSenate Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberSenate Natural Gas Caucus
FC MemberGlobal Internet Freedom Caucus
FC MemberSenate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
MemberSenate Select Committee on Intelligence
MemberSenate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
FC MemberSenate Natural Gas Caucus
FC MemberGlobal Internet Freedom Caucus
FC MemberAnti-Value Added Tax Caucus (Anti-VAT Caucus)
FC MemberSenate Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberCongressional America 250 Caucus
FC MemberCongressional America 250 Caucus
FC MemberSemiconductor Caucus
FC MemberSemiconductor Caucus
FC MemberSenate Rural Education Caucus
FC MemberSenate Rural Education Caucus
FC MemberSenate Aerospace Caucus
FC MemberSenate Aerospace Caucus
FC MemberSenate Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberSenate Bipartisan Task for Combating Antisemitism
FC MemberSenate Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberSenate Bipartisan Task for Combating Antisemitism
FC MemberSenate National Security Working Group
FC MemberSenate Tea Party Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Security Working Group
FC MemberSenate Tea Party Caucus
FC MemberSenate Oceans Caucus
FC MemberSenate Oceans Caucus
FC MemberSenate Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberSenate Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberSenate Rural Health Caucus
FC MemberSenate Rural Health Caucus
FC MemberSenate General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberSenate General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberSenate Western Caucus
FC MemberSenate Western Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Guard Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Guard Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (Senate)
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (Senate)
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberPaper and Packaging Caucus
FC MemberPaper and Packaging Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus

Bio

Jim Risch, currently serving a third term as Idaho's 28th Senator, holds a longstanding commitment to public service and a passion for good government. Known for "pragmatic decision-making" Risch is what his peers call a "no-nonsense, get-the-job-done leader" with more than four decades of experience in elected office. He has been recognized by the National Journal as the "Most Conservative" Senator in the United States Senate. Risch brings his pragmatic, results-focused approach to governance to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he serves as ranking member for the 117th Congress. As the lead Republican on the committee, Risch is focused on protecting the security and interests of the American people, in addition to continuing to advance U.S. prosperity and leadership in the world. He is confronting many issues that hit home across Idaho, like advancing the interests of Idaho citizens and businesses in international trade and investment, promoting Idaho exports, guarding Idaho interests in the Columbia River Treaty talks, supporting human rights and confronting the problem of sex trafficking. During the 115th Congress, Risch served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship where he successfully passed several initiatives to improve cybersecurity resources for small businesses, cut red tape and reduce regulations, and improve small business access to capital. He remains commited to working for Idaho's small businesses as a senior member of the committee during the 117th Congress. Risch also represents Idaho's interests on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, giving Idaho a voice in legislation that dramatically shapes the West, and he serves on the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Select Committee on Ethics. During his service as Idaho's 31st governor, Risch lowered property taxes by 20 percent providing much-needed tax relief to Idaho taxpayers, while setting aside $100 million in a rainy day fund for schools. He also designed a plan to manage Idaho's roadless areas and supervised the adoption of a rule that effectively prohibits the construction of traditional mercury-releasing pulverized coal power plants. Both measures earned Risch bipartisan acclaim for his pragmatic approach to natural resource issues and land management. As governor, Risch also accomplished a number of initiatives to create a streamlined and effective government. He transformed Idaho's executive office by opening regional offices throughout the state, enhancing communication and responsiveness to Idahoans. Risch also succeeded in a major reorganization of Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare that allowed for more efficient administration and cost savings. As a twice-elected lieutenant governor, Risch earned a reputation as an advocate for smart economic development. He continues to work with businesses-new and old alike-to ensure continued prosperity for the people and places of Idaho. Senator Risch began his career in public service at the age of 27, when he was elected to two terms as Ada County prosecuting attorney. Following his tenure as president of the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association, he served 11 elected terms in the Idaho State Senate. His time as senator was highlighted by his quick election to the leadership positions of majority leader and Senate president pro tempore, serving in the top two positions of Senate leadership for 19 of his 22 years. Senator Risch earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Idaho, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Idaho, College of Law. He served on Law Review and the College of Law Advisory Committee at the University of Idaho and has taught criminal law at Boise State University. He was a small business owner, a rancher/farmer and senior partner in the Risch Goss Insinger Gustavel Law firm at the time of his election to the U.S. Senate. Senator Risch and his wife Vicki have been married for more than 50 years. Their commitment to Idaho and their work together earned them the distinction of being selected as Idaho's Healthy Marriage Ambassadors in 2007. They have three married sons and nine grandchildren. They live on a ranch outside of Boise and maintain an apartment in Washington, D.C.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2008    Next Election: 2026
Spouse: Vicki L. Choborda   DOB: 5/3/1943