Stallings seeks return to Congress

March 15, 2014 

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Richard Stallings

Former U.S. Rep. Richard Stallings is looking to reclaim his old seat in Congress.

The Island Park Democrat served four terms as the 2nd Congressional District representative from 1984 to 1992. He later ran for a seat in the U.S. Senate but lost to Republican Dirk Kempthorne, who had served two terms as mayor of Boise before being elected to Congress.

Stallings is the only Democrat who filed for the seat. He will face incumbent Rep. Mike Simpson or his Republican challenger, Bryan Smith of Idaho Falls, in the November general election.

After his defeat to Kempthorne, Stallings served as the U.S. nuclear waste negotiator, following nomination by President Bill Clinton. He served in that position for two years.

In 1998, Stallings lost to Simpson in an attempt to return to Congress.

He served on the Pocatello City Council from 2002 to 2007. From 2005 to 2007, he served as chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party.

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