Elected to Congress from Idaho's Second Congressional District in 1984, Richard Stallings was re-elected in 1986, 1988 and 1990 with over sixty percent of the vote. In 1992, he ran for the United States Senate seat vacated by Steve Symms.

While in Congress Stallings served as a member of the Committee on Agriculture, the Committee on Science and Technology, and the Select Committee on Aging. Subcommittee assignments on the Agriculture Committee were Family Farms and Energy; Conservation, Credit and Rural Development; Forests; and Cotton, Rice and Sugar. His subcommittee assignments on the Science and Technology Committee included Energy, Research and Development; and Space, Science and Applications.

Congressman Stallings was also a member of the Congressional Rural Caucus, Conservative Democratic Forum, Rural Health Coalition, Environmental and Energy Study Conference, Nuclear Weapons Facility Study Group, Alcohol Fuels Caucus, Travel and Tourism Caucus, and the Democratic Leadership Council.

In 1993, Stallings was appointed as the United States Nuclear Waste Negotiator, charged with siting a temporary storage facility for the nation's commercial nuclear waste. That independent federal agency was closed two years later. In 1995, Stallings was selected as the Executive Director of the Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services, providing housing to low and medium income families and first time homeowners, and revitalizing older neighborhoods.

Richard H. Stallings was born October 7, 1940, in Ogden, Utah. In 1965, he graduated from Weber State College with a Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science. In 1968, he completed a Master of Science in History at Utah State University.

In 1969, Stallings joined the faculty at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, where he served as Professor of History and Chairman of the History Department. Prior to this time, he taught high school history and political science and conducted seminars in Europe.

He is married to the former Ranae Garner. They have three children and five grandchildren.

In January 1998, Stallings declared his candidacy for his previously held seat in the United States House of Representatives.

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