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Richard H. Stallings

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 2nd district
In office
January 4, 1985 – January 5, 1993
Preceded by George V. Hansen
Succeeded by Mike Crapo

Born October 7, 1940 (1940-10-07) (age 69)
Ogden, Utah
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Renee Stallings
Profession Professor
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Richard Howard Stallings (born October 7, 1940 in Ogden, Utah) represented the Idaho Second District in the House of Representatives from 1985 to 1993. Stallings also served in several other state and local political offices over the course of a 22-year political career.

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.

Idaho Democrats nominated Stallings to challenge Rep. George V. Hansen in 1982, but he lost in the general election. In 1984, after Hansen was censured by the House of Representatives for various ethics violations, Stallings defeated him in a hotly contested race by fewer than 200 votes. Despite representing a heavily Republican district, Stallings won his subsequent reelection campaigns 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 for the United States Senate in Idaho in 1992 but lost to Republican Dirk Kempthorne. In 1993 he was appointed United States Nuclear Waste Negotiator by President Bill Clinton. He served in that capacity until the office was eliminated in early 1995.

In 1998 Stallings attempted to win his old House seat back but was defeated by Mike Simpson. 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 reelection to the Pocatello City Council. Stallings was reelected state Democratic chair in 2007. He resigned from both posts on December 20, 2007.[1]


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George V. Hansen
United States House of Representatives, Idaho Second Congressional District
January 4, 1985–January 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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