Jim Risch, U.S. Senator from Idaho

Jim Risch

U.S. Senator from Idaho

James Elroy Risch was born in January 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, then transferred to the University of Idaho in Moscow where he earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry. He continued his education at the university’s College of Law, receiving a Juris Doctor. He entered politics in Boise at age 27, winning election as Ada County Prosecuting Attorney. He taught classes in criminal justice at Boise State College.

Risch was elected to the Idaho Senate, and quickly advanced to serve as majority leader and later as president pro tempore. He went on to serve six years as Idaho’s lieutenant governor and later as the state’s governor. He was elected to the United States Senate, and assumed office in January 2009.

He is married to Vicki and they have three children. He is a Catholic.

In the News…

Iran is not “complying at all” with the landmark nuclear deal it signed and continues to prevent international nuclear inspectors from accessing key sites suspected of housing the regime’s sensitive atomic weapons program, according to the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Senator Jim Risch of Idaho said the Islamic Republic’s continued nuclear subterfuge is worrisome given new reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that there are “possible undeclared Iranian nuclear sites” that remain active in Iran.

Risch, who is also a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, recently met with IAEA to gather more information on Iran’s efforts to block access to inspectors and hide undeclared work on the weapons front.

“They have specifically said they’re going to enrich beyond what the agreement said,” Risch said of Iran. “And they said they don’t care what anybody does about it. You can’t say they’ve been in compliance by any stretch.”

He also said the Europeans are dragging their feet on Iran. “They’re tolerant when they shouldn’t be tolerant. I tell them over and over again, ‘I don’t understand this. Why, oh why are you guys so tolerant of this? Why are you so dedicated to wanting to deal with the Iranians instead of doing what needs to be done?’ ”

Contact this Leader…

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The Honorable Jim Risch
Senator from Idaho
483 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510


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