Home About Chat Users Issues Party Candidates Polling Firms Media News Polls Calendar Key Races United States President Senate House Governors International

New User Account
"A comprehensive, collaborative elections resource." 
Email: Password:

  Kempthorne, Dirk
<-  2006-06-01  
NameDirk Kempthorne
AddressP.O. Box 1866
Boise, Idaho 83701, United States
Born October 29, 1951 (70 years)
Last ModifedRob Ritchie
Jan 26, 2018 12:22pm
Tags Caucasian - Married - Methodist - Straight -
InfoDirk Kempthorne was confirmed as the 49th Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior on May 26, 2006, in a voice vote by the U.S. Senate. Kempthorne took the oath of office on the same day.

Prior to his confirmation as Secretary, Kempthorne served nearly two terms as Governor of Idaho, elected first in 1998 and reelected in 2002.

As Governor, Kempthorne worked to develop consensus on management of Idaho's and the West's natural resources. He worked with his colleagues in Oregon, Washington and Montana to develop an historic bipartisan agreement on a state-based solution for returning salmon runs in the region. Following the devastating wildfires of 2000, he worked with fellow western governors and federal officials to fundamentally change the approach to forest health and wildfire management. Under his leadership, Idaho developed wolf and grizzly bear management plans aimed at delisting the endangered species and giving the State of Idaho management responsibilities.

Before his terms as Governor, Kempthorne completed a successful six-year term in the United States Senate (1993-1999). As a Senator, he wrote, negotiated, and won passage of two major pieces of legislation: a bill to end unfunded federal mandates on state and local governments, and a substantial revision of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. He also worked to improve the quality of life for American active-duty military personnel, reservists, their families and veterans.

Dirk Kempthorne began his commitment to public service as the highly successful Mayor of the City of Boise (1985-1992). During his seven years in office, he helped direct a renaissance in the state's capital city that resulted in record growth, economic development and numerous national honors and recognitions for quality of life, business climate and family issues.

Secretary Kempthorne has been recognized by his peers as a national leader. As Governor, his colleagues elected him as the Chairman of the National Governors Association in August of 2003. He has served as President of the Council of State Governments and Chairman of the Western Governors Association. He served on the Executive Committees of the National Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association. Secretary of Education Rod Paige appointed then-Governor Kempthorne to the National Assessment Governing Board and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge appointed him to the Homeland Security Task Force.

Secretary Kempthorne and his wife Patricia are both University of Idaho graduates and have two grown children, Heather and Jeff.


DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
02/10/2006-02/12/2006 Survey USA 56.00% ( 3.0) 34.00% ( 3.0) 10.00% ( 0.0)
01/13/2006-01/15/2006 Survey USA 59.00% ( 0.0) 31.00% ( 1.0) 10.00% ( 1.0)
12/09/2005-12/11/2005 Survey USA 59.00% ( 5.0) 32.00% ( 1.0) 9.00% ( 3.0)
05/06/2005-05/08/2005 Survey USA 54.00% ( 0.0) 33.00% ( 0.0) 12.00% ( 0.0)

Title Purchase Contributor

Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor

Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Jan 22, 2009 01:00pm News And Here I Am At Yellowstone . . .  Article ArmyDem 
Mar 26, 2006 11:00am Profile Kempthorne travels far on charisma  Article Ralphie 
Mar 20, 2006 10:00am Editorial Interior Secretary: Bush's best bet  Article Ralphie 
Aug 10, 2005 07:35pm Editorial Kempthorne feeds at firms' campaign troughs  Article RP 
May 15, 2005 07:00am Oops Idaho governor bounces two checks at salon  Article Ralphie 

Importance? 7.00000 Average


  05/26/2006 US Secretary of the Interior Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  08/18/2003 NGA Chair Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/05/2002 ID - Governor Won 56.28% (+14.55%)
  07/16/2002 NGA Vice Chair Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  05/28/2002 ID Governor - R Primary Won 65.88% (+40.10%)
  11/03/1998 ID Governor Won 67.69% (+38.63%)
  05/26/1998 ID Governor- R Primary Won 87.24% (+74.48%)
  11/03/1992 ID US Senate Won 56.52% (+13.05%)
  05/26/1992 ID US Senate- R Primary Won 57.43% (+34.31%)
  11/04/1989 Boise Mayor Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
WI US Senate - R Primary - Aug 14, 2012 R Tommy Thompson
ID - District 1 - R Primary - May 25, 2010 R Vaughn Ward
Second Circuit Court Judge - Oct 02, 1998 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Jul 29, 1994 D Stephen G. Breyer
US Ambassador to Switzerland - Feb 09, 1994 NPA Reject
U.S. Surgeon General - Sep 07, 1993 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 03, 1993 D Ruth Bader Ginsburg