Raúl Rafael Labrador was born on December 8, 1967, in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
The only child of a single mother, Raúl moved at age 13 to Las Vegas, where his mom worked in the hospitality industry. Though times were tough, Raúl’s mother often reminded him that if he studied, worked hard, and received a professional education, he could achieve his American Dream.
Raúl graduated from Las Vegas High School, Brigham Young University and earned his law degree from the University of Washington.
Raúl and his family moved to his wife’s native Idaho, and the young attorney established a successful law practice with offices in both Nampa and Boise.
He was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2006. During his four years representing Ada County’s District 14, Raúl was a steadfast advocate for free markets, limited government and civil liberties.
Raúl was elected to the U.S. House in 2010, upsetting favored candidates in the primary and general elections.
In Congress, Raúl has stood for Idaho’s values and for America’s future. He has fought for tax reform, fiscal responsibility, regulatory restraint, increased domestic energy production, transparency in government and the protection of civil and religious liberties.
Raúl serves on the Natural Resources and Judiciary committees.
On Judiciary, he is vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. He also is vice chairman of the newly formed Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which has been charged with sharpening oversight of executive branch actions and regulations.
He has been one of Congress' most important leaders on immigration reform, working to craft a bipartisan solution that would secure our borders and fix our broken immigration system.
In January, he was one of nine founding members of the House Freedom Caucus, which is working to advance an agenda of a limited, constitutional government and give voice to those who feel Washington doesn’t represent them.
In addition to his public service, Raúl’s primary interest is spending time with his family. He and Rebecca Johnson Labrador have been married for more than 20 years and have five children: Michael, Katerina, Joshua, Diego, and Rafael. Their family is active in their church and community in Eagle.