Ric Keller was elected to Congress in 2000 in his first bid for public office. In the first Republican primary he won 31 percent of the vote compared to 43 percent for state Rep. Bill Sublette and 26 percent for Bob Hering. In the runoff Keller won 52 percent to 48 percent for Sublette.
He then defeated Democrat Linda Chapin with 51 percent of the vote. In 2002, Keller defeated former police officer Eddie Diaz with 65 percent of the vote.