Dirk Kempthorne

49th United States Secretary of the Interior

Dirk Kempthorne (born October 29, 1951)[1] was the United States Secretary of the Interior. Kempthorne was the 30th Governor of Idaho. He is a member of the U.S. Republican Party.[1] Kempthorne was born in San Diego, California.

Dirk Kempthorne
49th United States Secretary of the Interior
In office
June 7, 2006 – January 20, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byGale Norton
Succeeded byKen Salazar
30th Governor of Idaho
In office
January 8, 1999 – May 26, 2006
LieutenantButch Otter
Jack Riggs
Jim Risch
Preceded byPhil Batt
Succeeded byJim Risch
United States Senator
from Idaho
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1999
Preceded bySteve Symms
Succeeded byMike Crapo
Mayor of Boise, Idaho
In office
Preceded byRichard Eardley
Succeeded byH. Brent Coles
Personal details
Born (1951-10-29) October 29, 1951 (age 72)
San Diego, California
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Patricia Kempthorne
ChildrenHeather Kempthorne
Jeff Kempthorne
Alma materUniversity of Idaho (B.A)

Kempthorne graduated from the University of Idaho. He is married to Patricia Kempthorne. They have two children.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Kempthorne, Dirk". Office of Art and Archives and Office of the Historian, The United States Congress. Retrieved July 17, 2015.

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