Candidate Profile
Jim Risch

Republican , Idaho


Jim Risch
U.S. Senator

Panel Rating*

Very Conservative Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.


Conservative Organizations

American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  100%
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  100%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2019-20:  100%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  100%
Christian Coalition of America (CCA), 2014:  100%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  100%
FRC Action, 2018:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  100%, 98% (cum.)
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  96%
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  95%
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  94%
NumbersUSA, 2019:  31%, 93% (cum.)
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  86%, 92% (cum.)
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  92%
Club for Growth, 2019:  79%, 86% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  96%, 86% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  70%, 85% (cum.)
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2017-18:  83%
National Taxpayers Union, 2019:  B+
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  80% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  77% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  75% (cum.)



Liberal Organizations

Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  C
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  44%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  18%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  15%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  0%, 7% (cum.)
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  7%, 7% (cum.)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  6%
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  0%, 3% (cum.)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  0%, 0% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  0%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  0%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  0%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  0%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2019:  0%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  0%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  0%
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2020:  0%
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  0% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2019:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  0%




*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.


Campaign for Working Families, Donald Trump, *Family Research Council Action PAC, Huck PAC, National Right To Life, Russ Fulcher


Pro-Israel America

Selected Contributions


Republican National Committee (2019), State Republican Party Organizations (2020), WinRed (2020)
21st Century Majority Fund (2019), 60 Plus Association (2014), Alamo PAC (2019), American Conservative Union (2008), Battle Born PAC (2008), Believe in America PAC (2019) and 69 more


Airline Pilots Association (2019), American Association for Justice (2013), American Wind Energy Association (2019), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (2020), National Rural Letter Carriers Association (2008), Paul Singer (2019)







Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "The most basic right we humans have is the right to life. I am strongly pro-life and always have been. I will, therefore, only support legislation that protects and promotes human life, including the unborn."  Source

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Risch supports defunding Planned Parenthood.  Source

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

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iVoterGuide Note:  “A child that is born alive should be protected and cared for, regardless of its stage of development or the parents’ original intention. Allowing a human to suffer and die on a medical table without intervention is not who we are as Americans. It’s unconscionable that this bill failed the Senate today, but my resolve to protect the unborn is only strengthened. I will keep fighting for a child’s right to life.”  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

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It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

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Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Our free market system has produced the greatest, most affluent culture the world has ever seen. Any legislation Congress enacts involving this system must be limited and carefully considered. Government cannot replicate what America's individuals, small businesses and corporations accomplish every year."  Source

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "To make these programs sound for future generations, we must begin reforming these entitlements now, while we are still able to make gradual changes and avoid lower benefits or massive tax increases that will severely impact beneficiaries in years to come."  Source

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "I do not support continued deficit spending. The path we are currently traveling down is unsustainable, and it is time we refocus on the core functions of government. Congress must work together to advance pro-growth policies that balance the federal budget and unleash economic opportunity for Idahoans and Americans."  Source

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

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Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

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Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

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I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

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What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

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It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

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I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

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How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Ensuring that all Americans have access to quality, affordable healthcare is among the greatest challenges our nation faces.  Our current healthcare system is too expensive and inaccessible to far too many.  We must take action to improve it, but it is important there are thoughtful and deliberative discussions before any changes are implemented. I will not support taxing medical benefits, nor a plan that creates a government-owned entity."  Source

National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

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What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

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I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Risch supports the border wall and supports border security.  Source

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

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State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

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Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

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Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was an executive action issued in 2012. Implemented by the Department of Homeland Security, DACA prevents the agency from initiating deportation proceedings on illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before they were 16 years old and have lived in the U.S. for five years since their arrival. This policy, among others, has encouraged an influx of unaccompanied children attempting to cross the border. This year alone, nearly 60,000 unaccompanied minors have entered the U.S. illegally, and that number is expected to dramatically increase."  Source


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

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Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

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I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Risch opposes adding sexual orientation as a protected civil right.  Source

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Risch is Catholic.  Source


When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

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Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

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Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

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Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Those who violate our laws must be held accountable for their actions and punished for their crimes. I believe the punishment imposed by our judicial system must be appropriate to the crime to discourage and deter future criminal behavior."  Source

2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "The Second Amendment is an individual right that must be maintained. Like our Founding Fathers, I oppose any abridgment of the right to keep and bear arms. I frequently exercise my Second Amendment right in shooting for sport and recreation."  Source

Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Risch supports Israel.  Source

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

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The Electoral College should be abolished.

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In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

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Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

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