Richard H. Stallings

Richard H. Stallings
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1985  January 3, 1993
Preceded by George Hansen
Succeeded by Mike Crapo
Personal details
Born Richard Howard Stallings
(1940-10-07) October 7, 1940
Ogden, Utah
Nationality United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ranae Garner Stallings
(m. 1963–2015, her death)
Children 2 sons, 1 daughter
Residence Island Park (formerly Pocatello and Rexburg)
Alma mater Weber State College, B.S. 1965
Utah State University, M.S. 1968
Colorado College
Profession Professor
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)

Richard Howard Stallings (born October 7, 1940) is a Democratic politician from the state of Idaho, the 2014 Democratic nominee to again represent Idaho's 2nd congressional district, which he served from 1985 to 1993. Stallings also served in several other state and local political offices over the course of a 22-year political career.

Early life and career

Born in Ogden, Utah, Stallings earned degrees from Weber State College, Utah State University and Colorado College. Beginning in 1969, Stallings taught history at Ricks College (now Brigham Young University-Idaho) in Rexburg, Idaho.

Political career

Idaho Democrats nominated Stallings to challenge four-term Republican incumbent George Hansen in 1982, but he lost in the general election. In 1984, after Hansen was censured by the House of Representatives, Stallings defeated him in a hotly contested race by fewer than 200 votes. Despite representing a heavily Republican district, Stallings was re-elected three times by comfortable margins.

A conservative Democrat, Stallings unexpectedly won three votes for the presidential nomination from pro-life delegates to the 1988 Democratic National Convention.

Stallings was the Democratic nominee in 1992 for an open seat in the United States Senate, but lost to Dirk Kempthorne, the popular two-term mayor of Boise. In 1993, Stallings was appointed United States Nuclear Waste Negotiator by President Bill Clinton and served in that capacity until the office was eliminated in early 1995.

Stallings attempted to win his old House seat back in 1998, but was defeated by Mike Simpson of Blackfoot in the general election. The seat was open, as three-term incumbent Mike Crapo successfully ran for an open seat in the U.S. Senate. After leaving Congress, Stallings later served as executive director of the Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services and later on the Pocatello, Idaho, City Council.

In 2005, Stallings won both election as chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party and re-election to the Pocatello City Council. Stallings was re-elected state Democratic chair in 2007 and resigned from both posts on December 20, 2007.[1]

2014 Congressional campaign

On March 14, 2014, Stallings filed to run as the Democratic candidate for his old U.S. House seat in Idaho's Second Congressional District.[2] He was the Democratic nominee after the uncontested primary election, but was defeated by Simpson in the general election.

Election results

U.S. House elections (Idaho's 2nd district): Results 1982–1990, 1998
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1982 Richard Stallings 76,608 47.7% George Hansen (inc.) 83,873 52.3%
1984 Richard Stallings 101,266 50.03% George Hansen (inc.) 101,133 49.97%
1986 Richard Stallings (inc.) 103,035 54.4% Mel Richardson 86,528 45.6%
1988 Richard Stallings (inc.) 127,956 63.4% Dane Watkins 68,226 38.8% Donovan Bramwell Libertarian 5,703 2.8%
1990 Richard Stallings (inc.) 98,008 63.6% Sean McDevitt 56,004 32.4%
1998 Richard Stallings 77,736 44.7% Mike Simpson 91,337 52.5% Jonathan B. Ratner Natural Law 4,854 2.8%
U.S. Senate elections in Idaho (Class III): Results 1992
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1992 Richard Stallings 208,036 43.5% Dirk Kempthorne 270,468 56.5%



 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

  1. Robinson, Jeff. "Richard Stallings Resigns as State Democratic Party Chair". Retrieved 2007-12-22.
  2. "Idaho Secretary of State 2014 Final Primary List of Declared Candidates" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  3. "Office of the Clerk: Election statistics". U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George V. Hansen
United States House of Representatives, Idaho Second Congressional District
January 4, 1985January 5, 1993
Succeeded by
Mike Crapo
Political offices
Preceded by
David H. Leroy
United States Nuclear Waste Negotiator
Under President Bill Clinton

1993 1995
Succeeded by
(agency eliminated)
Party political offices
Preceded by
John V. Evans
Democratic Party nominee, U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Idaho
1992 (lost)
Succeeded by
Bill Mauk
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