State Senator Russ Fulcher announced April 29 that he would be leaving the state for nine days to represent Idaho on a five-state trade and relations mission to Taiwan.
“Given the struggling economy, I’m excited to promote Idaho’s relationship with Taiwan, and find ways to expand trade opportunities for Idaho businesses,” Fulcher said in a prepared statement. “Idaho has a great story to tell, and I look forward to telling it.”
The trip has been organized by and will be paid for by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Fulcher was chosen because of his role in senate leadership and his previous business experience in Taiwan.
Fulcher will leave at the end of the week with seven other legislative leadership members from Oregon, Wyoming, Montana and Alaska. He will be the only Idaho member of the delegation.
Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter thanked Fulcher for making the trip.
“Frankly, I’m impressed that Russ is going,” Otter said. “He’s got a primary election in a few weeks. But instead of just talking about jobs, Fulcher is actually doing something to help our economic recovery.”
Taiwan is Idaho’s second largest export destination. Delegates will meet with government and business leaders from across Taiwan. A special effort will be made to see where Idaho exports are used in the Taiwanese economy.
“I’m especially excited by the chance to re-connect with some of my former business partners,” Fulcher said. “Idaho businesses from a variety of industries exported $652 million worth of products to Taiwan last year, and the growth potential is huge.”
Fulcher presently serves as chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus. Before being elected to the Idaho Senate, Fulcher was director of sales and marketing for Micron CMS, and vice president of sales and marketing for Preco Electronics.