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Why I'm Running for Congress

by Bryan Smith
Idaho State Journal, October 8, 2021

Call me a damn debt collector.
But at least I'm not a dam breacher.

In retrospect, the number of returning adult salmon was relatively level from 1938 through 1990.  The precipitous loss of returning chinook entering the Snake River (Figure 20) accounts for a major share of the decline that has occurred in total return to the Columbia -- Artificial Production Review, NW Power & Conservation Council Last Saturday, I announced that I'm running for Congress to replace Mike Simpson in the United States House of Representatives. For over 20 long years, Simpson has been in Washington where he's voted for amnesty for illegals, massive spending increases, bigger government and gun control. And now he's joined radical environmentalists to destroy four dams on the lower Snake River.

Simpson has declared war on Idaho's farmers and ranchers who need the storage water to grow the crops that feed the world. These dams also produce emission-free hydro electrical power. Destroying them threatens to increase electricity rates for Idahoans.

No wonder Simpson opposes term limits.

I have never shied away from telling the truth or from a tough fight. Whether it is in the courtroom, in the Legislature or on the political battlefield, I have always stood up for what's right and what I believe in. When liberals expanded Obamacare, I led the fight to the Idaho Supreme Court. When a Republican governor vetoed the Idaho grocery tax repeal, I led the fight to the Idaho Supreme Court. And now I will lead the fight to end Simpson's days in Congress.

I've spent my life in the private sector. I've won in the courtroom for my clients, and I have built a business on winning. And winning for our conservative principles is exactly what we need in Washington.

I'm an outspoken conservative. And as your Congressman, I will speak out for you. I will be your conservative voice in Washington.

I will fight to restart building the Trump border wall. We must return to the policy where people must go home to request entry into our country legally and not be let in by the tens of thousands illegally.

We need a conservative congressman to lead the charge on election integrity and protect the people's vote at the ballot box. Requiring photo IDs to vote is long overdue.

As your congressman, I will proudly support the Trump America-first agenda. Unlike Simpson who refused to endorse President Trump in 2016, last year I was one of 32 Idaho delegates for the Trump campaign to represent President Trump at the Republican National Convention.

Make no mistake. Simpson won't go down without a fight. Simpson and his Washington swamp creature allies will say all sorts of terrible things about me. Yes, I'm a lawyer. Yes, I help doctors and small businesses get paid for their hard work. The Washington elites will use my success to vilify, demonize and defame me. They'll even call me a damn debt collector. But at least I'm not a dam breacher.

My promise to you is that I will bring the same passion and energy I have given fighting for my clients fighting for you every day I'm in Congress. So, please join us by going to and signing up today to support real conservative change.

Related Pages:
Idaho Republicans Have No Confidence in Simpson by Bryan Smith, Idaho State Journal, 5/21/21
Bryan Smith Perpetuates Myths About Lower Snake River Dams by John R. Snyder, Ph.D., Post Register, 4/25/21
Congressman Simpson Should Put Idaho First and Do No Harm by Bryan Smith, Teton Valley News, 4/12/21

Bryan Smith of Idaho Falls serves as the fourth vice chair of the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee and is a Republican primary candidate for Idaho's 2nd Congressional District.
Why I'm Running for Congress
Idaho State Journal, October 8, 2021

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