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Richard H. Stallings

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Richard H. Stallings
Richard H. Stallings.jpg
Chair of the Idaho Democratic Party
In office
2005 – December 20, 2007
Preceded byBill Mauk
Succeeded byR. Keith Roark
United States Nuclear Waste Negotiator
In office
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byDavid H. Leroy
Succeeded byPosition eliminated
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byGeorge Hansen
Succeeded byMike Crapo
Personal details
Richard Howard Stallings

(1940-10-07) October 7, 1940 (age 80)
Ogden, Utah, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
  • Ranae Garner
    (m. 1963; died 2015)
  • Rebecca Anne Richards
    (m. 2018)
ResidenceIsland Park, Idaho, U.S.
EducationWeber State College (BS)
Utah State University (MS)

Richard Howard Stallings (born October 7, 1940) is an American politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives for Idaho's 2nd congressional district from 1985 to 1993.

Early life and education

Richard Stallings was born in Ogden, Utah to Howard and Elizabeth (née Austin) Stallings in 1940. Richard was raised in Ogden along with his younger sister, Marilyn. He grew up active in Scouting, earning the rank of Eagle Scout at age 16, and a year later the Silver Award.[1] Stallings is a graduate of the Ben Lomond High School class of 1958. He served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand from 1960 to 1962. He earned a Bachelor of Science in history and political science from Weber State College, then went on to earn a Master of Science in history from Utah State University, having fulfilled a portion of his Master's studies at Colorado College.


Stallings taught history at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho from 1969 until his election to Congress in 1984.

U.S. House of Representatives

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.

A conservative Democrat, Stallings unexpectedly won three votes for the presidential nomination from anti-abortion delegates at the 1988 Democratic National Convention.[2]

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.

Clinton administration

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.

Later career

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 from 2001 to December 20, 2007.[3]

Idaho Democratic Party Chair

In 2005, Stallings won election[4] as chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party. Stallings was re-elected state Democratic chair in 2007. Stallings resigned on December 20, 2007.[5]

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.[6] He was the Democratic nominee after the uncontested primary election,[7] but was defeated by Simpson in the general election.[8]

Personal life

Stallings met his first wife, Ranae Garner.[9] The couple were married in 1963 in the Salt Lake Temple in a ceremony officiated by Spencer W. Kimball.


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

  1. ^ "Richard Stallings Scouting Credentials". Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  2. ^ Staff, Special Collections. "Richard H. Stallings Biography, Idaho State University Library". Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  3. ^ release, Idaho Democratic Party press. "Bannock County Democrats to host Richard Stallings Banquet". Idaho State Journal. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  4. ^ release, Idaho Democratic Party press. "Bannock County Democrats to host Richard Stallings Banquet". Idaho State Journal. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  5. ^ Robinson, Jeff. "Richard Stallings Resigns as State Democratic Party Chair". Archived from the original on 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2007-12-22.
  6. ^ "Idaho Secretary of State 2014 Final Primary List of Declared Candidates" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  7. ^ "Statewide Totals". Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  8. ^ "Statewide Totals". Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  9. ^ "Ranae Stallings Obituary". Retrieved 2019-08-06.

External links

U.S. 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
Preceded by
Bill Mauk
Chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party
2005 – 2007
Succeeded by
R. Keith Roark
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