Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho) has served Idaho’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2019. He ran for reelection in 2022 with Trump’s endorsement and won with more than 70 percent of the vote.
Prior to running for Congress, Fulcher served in the Idaho Senate for a decade, with six years as majority caucus chair. He was a board member of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, which is part of the conservative State Policy Network. In Congress, he is a member of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus and the Republican Study Group.
After the 2020 presidential election, Fulcher helped spread the Big Lie, objected to certifying Biden’s Electoral College win, and voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the mob and establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.
In an incident at the Capitol less than a week after the mob attacked, he allegedly pushed a female Capitol Police officer out of his way as part of a GOP protest about heightened security. “Member screening puts our Capitol police in an awkward position of screening those they are to protect, redirects resources away from outside threats and implies members are a threat to one another… a notion I reject,” Fulcher posted on his social media accounts.
January 6, 2021
- Shortly before the attack on the Capitol, Fulcher told Fox & Friends: “There are tens of millions of people who want to see some action on this, who are absolutely convinced there’s been election fraud.” He concluded that, “We have a real problem on our hands if we don’t act here.”
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Fulcher joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election..
- Fulcher voted against impeaching Trump for his role in instigating the attack on the Capitol and fanning the flames once the riot broke out. In a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) dated Jan. 9, 2021, he wrote: “Yet another attempt to prematurely end the Trump presidency by mere days will not succeed and will only fan the flames of division in our country…. These actions could instead incite civil unrest at a level that would make Seattle, Minneapolis, and D.C. look like minor incidents.”
- Fulcher also voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack.
- Despite his professed concerns about election integrity and adherence to the Constitution, in September 2022 Fulcher joined all but nine House Republicans in voting against the Presidential Election Reform Act meant to ensure the peaceful transition of power from one presidential administration to the next.
The Big Lie
- On Nov. 6, 2020—three days after Election Day—Fulcher questioned the results of the 2020 presidential election before it had even been called.
- On Dec. 10, 2020, Fulcher signed an amicus brief in a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the results of the presidential election in four swing states: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
- In December 2020, Fulcher joined other Republican legislators in calling on Attorney General William Barr to release the Justice Department’s findings regarding fraud in the 2020 presidential election.