Richard Stallings served in the U.S. House of Representatives for four terms, from 1984 to 1992. He was a 2014 Democratic candidate for election to the U.S. House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the primary but was defeated by the incumbent in the general election. He also lost in his initial attempt to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982. He was the 1988 nominee for the U.S. Senate.
In 1993 President Bill Clinton appointed Stallings to serve as United States Nuclear Waste Negotiator and filled the position until it was eliminated in 1995. He attempted another run for Congress in 1998, but was defeated. He then served as executive director of the Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services and the Pocatello, Idaho, City Council. He also served as chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party.
Stallings was born in Ogden, Utah, on October 7, 1940. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 16, and the Silver Award a year later. After graduating from high school, he served as a missionary in New Zealand for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Weber State College and a master’s in history from Utah State University. He taught history at Ricks College from 1969 to 1984.
Stallings and his wife Ranae were the parents of three children. After her passing in 2015, he married Rebecca Anne Richards.