Rep. Raul Labrador (ID-01)


The Candidate

Name:  Rep. Raul Labrador

Age:  45

Hometown:  Eagle, ID

Family:  Raul and his wife, Rebecca, have five children.

Personal Biography:  Rep. Raul Labrador was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, and his law degree at the University of Washington School of Law, becoming a small businessman and the owner and managing partner of a law firm.  He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Political Biography:  Rep. Labrador served in the Idaho House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010, where he was known for helping successfully fight an attempt to raise gasoline tax in the state.  He is currently serving his first term representing Utah’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House, working on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Natural Resources Committee.


The Race

Primary Election:  May 15, 2012

General Election:  November 6, 2012

The District:   Rep. Labrador won his Republican primary in May, and will face a Democratic opponent in the general election.  In the last election, he won with 51% of the vote; his closest challenger accrued only 41% of the vote.  Sabato’s Crystal Ball lists Rep. Labrador’s congressional district as remaining safely Republican, while Cook’s Political Report shows the same congressional district to be R+21, meaning Republicans can expect to do 21 points better there than the national average.

The Issues

  • Supports a balanced budget amendment
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
  • Opposes all efforts to increase taxes
  • Supports cutting the budget for congressional offices by 5%
Foreign Policy
  • Believes only Congress can declare war
  • Supports ending the War in Iraq
  • Supports ending the War in Afghanistan
  • Opposed Obama's intervention in Libya
  • Opposes foreign aid to hostile nations
  • Opposes Nation Building
  • Supports a non-interventionist foreign policy that puts America first
Civil Liberties
  • Opposes the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
  • Opposes the PATRIOT Act
  • Opposes restrictions on internet freedom
Federalism & the 10th Amendment
  • Supports federalism on all legislation not specifically authorized in the Constitution
Cutting Government
  • Supports repealing ObamaCare
  • Strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment
  • Supports auditing federal agencies
  • Voted to bar the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases

Read Rep. Labrador's complete issue statement here.

Learn More

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