Idaho Sen. Jim Risch has announced his bid for re-election in 2020, declaring, “With the rise of far-Left, socialist agendas in Congress, I consider it my duty to continue to stand up for conservative, common-sense, Idaho solutions to America’s problems.”
Risch, 76, is the current chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was first elected to the Senate in 2008 and was re-elected in 2014; if he wins a third term, he’d be 83 by the time he leaves office. Risch, a Republican, is a former Ada County prosecutor, longtime state senator and former Idaho Senate president pro-tem, former Idaho lieutenant governor, and for seven months he served as governor of Idaho, after then-Gov. Dirk Kempthorne was appointed as U.S. Interior Secretary.
Idaho businesswoman Nancy Harris of Boise announced in May that she’ll challenge Risch, running as a Democrat; others also are rumored to be considering the race, though no others have yet announced.
In his re-election press release, Risch named as his campaign co-chairs fellow GOP Sen. Mike Crapo and Dennis Johnson, president and CEO of United Heritage Financial Group in Meridian. He also noted endorsements from President Trump, all other members of Idaho’s congressional delegation, and Gov. Brad Little.
“I want to continue working to lower taxes so Idaho families keep more of their hard-earned money, fighting for a smaller, less intrusive government, encouraging the growth of small businesses that offer good jobs and affordable healthcare to Idaho workers, and protecting the rights of Idahoans and rural America,” Risch said in his release.