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  U.S. Department of the Interior - Welcome
Dirk 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.
Dirk Kempthorne began his commitment to public service as the highly successful Mayor of the City of Boise (1985-1992).
Secretary Kempthorne and his wife Patricia are both University of Idaho graduates and have two grown children, Heather and Jeff.
www.doi.gov /welcome.html   (444 words)

  Dirk Kempthorne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dirk Arthur Kempthorne (born October 29, 1951 in San Diego, California), is the current U.S. Secretary of the Interior, serving since May 2006.
Kempthorne was first elected to public office as mayor of Boise in 1985, where he served for seven years.
Kempthorne is sworn in as Secretary of the Interior on June 7, 2006.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dirk_Kempthorne   (740 words)

 washingtonpost.com: Idaho Governor Seen As Likely EPA Choice
Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne (R), whose views on the environment have drawn fire from advocacy groups, is the leading candidate to become the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, senior Republican officials said yesterday.
Kempthorne spokesman Mark Snider confirmed that the second-term governor and former U.S. senator met with White House officials June 11 and discussed "his perspective on the EPA as a governor and former senator," among other issues.
Kempthorne, as governor, senator and former mayor of Boise, has frequently raised the ire of advocacy groups because of his desire to reduce the role of the federal government -- and EPA -- in environmental policy, and replace it with state and local authority.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A6722-2003Jun17?language=printer   (499 words)

 George W. Bush's Cabinet: Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne
Kempthorne got his start in politics in 1985, when he was elected mayor of Boise.
There, Kempthorne was chairman of a subcommittee on drinking water, fisheries and wildlife, and he fought to open national forests to logging, mining and oil exploration.
Kempthorne is inheriting the Department of the Interior as federal investigators examine the department’s ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who represented many Indian tribes with business before Interior and specifically its Bureau of Indian Affairs.
www.opensecrets.org /bush/cabinet/cabinet.kempthorne.asp   (271 words)

 Senate confirms Kempthorne for Interior - Boston.com
Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne won Senate approval as Interior secretary on Friday after confirmation proceedings that highlighted the administration's pro-development policy on offshore energy exploration.
Kempthorne, a former senator, was confirmed on a voice vote to succeed Gale Norton as the steward of one-fifth of the nation's land -- including tourist magnets as diverse as Yellowstone National Park and the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg, Pa.
She relented after talks with Kempthorne, and said in remarks on the Senate floor after his confirmation that she was "pleased to cast my vote" for him.
www.boston.com /news/nation/washington/articles/2006/05/26/senate_confirms_kempthorne_for_interior   (390 words)

 Bush Chooses Idaho’s Dirk Kempthorne as Secretary of the Interior | New West Network
Kempthorne said in his meeting with Bush, the president told him he wanted him to be a bridge builder.
Kempthorne, who started his career as the mayor of Boise, was elected governor of Idaho in 1998 and re-elected in 2002.
Kempthorne would be the second sitting Idaho governor to be tapped for the job.
www.newwest.net /index.php/main/article/7020   (1088 words)

 NET.org >> SPECIAL REPORTS >> Background on Governor Dirk Kempthorne
When Dirk Kempthorne became Governor of Idaho in 1998, he stepped into the middle of a protracted battle over the cleanup of lead contamination from past mining and smelting operations in the Coeur D'Alene basin.
During the several months in 2003 that Dirk Kempthorne was the leading contender for EPA Administrator, Idaho's environmental record received national scrutiny.
As Governor, Kempthorne has come out against the "Roadless Area Conservation Rule," calling it an "absolutely flawed public policy that has stiffed the states." He joined Boise Cascade, the Kootenai Tribe, off-road vehicle groups, and several livestock companies, in suing to stop the rule.
www.net.org /policy/kempthorne.vtml   (888 words)

 CNN.com - Governor will focus on long-term care - Aug. 19, 2003
Kempthorne's 86-year-old mother had a stroke five years ago and is being cared for by his 87-year-old father.
Kempthorne's parents are using the money they saved to enjoy their retirement to pay for help with daily tasks.
Kempthorne said he will call two national forums and other regional workshops to focus on medication, technology, finances and government policy that can improve long-term care.
cnn.com /2003/US/Midwest/08/19/governors.kempthorne.ap/index.html   (459 words)

 The Outdoor Wire: Dirk Kempthorne Sworn in As Secretary of Interior
WASHINGTON, DC (June 8, 2006) - Yesterday, Dirk Kempthorne was sworn in as the Secretary of the Department Of Interior in a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House.
During his acceptance speech, Secretary Kempthorne highlighted the role of hunting, fishing and wildlife in the duties of the Department of the Interior.
Kempthorne is the first Secretary of the Interior to serve as a governor, a senator, and a mayor.
www.theoutdoorwire.com /tow_release.php?ID=106665&session=t89hz53us91vh1hr   (419 words)

 SunValleyOnline: Pros and cons mount on Kempthorne nomination:
As Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne prepares to wind down his administration and prepare for Senate confirmation hearings on his Interior nomination expected to begin in May, comment pro and con on his qualifications is growing.
Kempthorne is quoted as calling the rule a "federal edict," apparently forgetting that national forests belong to all Americans rather than just Idaho residents.
Kempthorne has remained an opponent of species protection, moving immediately to allow the killing of wolves after taking over management of the threatened species from the federal government in January.
www.sunvalleyonline.com /news/article.asp?ID_Article=1921   (1453 words)

 USATODAY.com - Bush names Idaho Gov. Kempthorne interior secretary   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Kempthorne said he appreciates and respects Bush's "genuine enthusiasm for this great land of ours in all of its grandeur and its essence." He promised to be "a responsible steward of the land and the natural resources with which our nation has been blessed."
After his one term in the Senate, Kempthorne was elected governor in 1998 and easily won a second term in 2002 with more than 55% of the vote in his reliably Republican, conservative state.
Kempthorne was part of a four-state salmon recovery effort, working with Indian tribes and the Northwest Power Planning Council to try to help the endangered fish without removing dams or curtailing hydroelectric power output.
usatoday.com /news/washington/2006-03-16-interior-secretary_x.htm?PO...   (845 words)

 (3/17/2006) Idaho Governor Nominated As Interior Secretary
If confirmed by the Senate, Kempthorne would replace the present secretary, Gale Norton, who announced earlier this month that she is leaving to return to the private sector.
Governor Kempthorne was also a member of the Columbia River Basin Forum, which established a regional plan to save wild salmon in the northwest.
Kempthorne is cut from the same cloth as Gale Norton.
www.monitor.net /monitor/0603a/kempthorne.html   (660 words)

 Boise Weekly - Not Your Everyday Newspaper: News: Unda' the Rotunda: Down in the Dirk
Kempthorne's hoped-for salary increases for teachers and state workers are on his desk for a signature, as is money for drug treatment in prisons.
Kempthorne took the podium in Washington along with several other governors to criticize the administration's plans for keeping states "out of the loop" on guard decisions.
Kempthorne might welcome some federal assistance now, to burnish his reputation as he nears the end of a mixed tenure as governor.
www.boiseweekly.com /gyrobase/Content?oid=oid:159736   (1033 words)

 Media Matters - NPR's Shogren ignored environmentalists' concerns over Kempthorne's nomination as interior secretary
Kempthorne is a career politician; before his election as Idaho governor, he served as mayor of Boise, Idaho, and as a U.S. senator.
Kempthorne opposed the initiative, and the Bush administration repealed it in 2005.
During Kempthorne's four-and-a-half-year tenure as governor, Idaho's pristine air has gotten dirtier, more rivers have been polluted, fewer polluters have been inspected and more toxins have contaminated the air, water and land, according to a Knight Ridder analysis of Idaho pollution data from EPA and state records.
mediamatters.org /items/200603210008   (1872 words)

 New Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne Speaks With Recreation Leaders | funoutdoors.com
Kempthorne was sworn in as the 49th Secretary of the Interior on May 26 and is spending substantial time reaching out to Interior’s constituents.
A Boise city councilman while Dirk Kempthorne was Mayor of Boise, he came to DC with then-Senator Kempthorne and played a pivotal role in rescuing the Symms Fund, helping to transform it into the Recreational Trails Program in TEA-21.
Kempthorne concluded by saying that he wants to hear from all of those involved in public lands issues and talked about the energy/conservation leaders session, where he implored the leaders to look for common ground and cooperation.
www.funoutdoors.com /node/view/1508   (1235 words)

 The Carpetbagger Report > Print > Dirk Kempthorne, wedge issue?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Slate's Tim Noah wrote a piece on Kempthorne in 2003 in which he described Bush's nominee as "a comically anti-environmental choice." Indeed, it's a record Senate Democrats may consider taking advantage of during this election season.
During six years in the Senate in the 1990s, Kempthorne scored a "0" on the League of Conservation Voters' legislative scorecards every year except 1993, when Kempthorne scored 6 percent on the basis of one little-remembered vote against funding a rocket booster for the space program that environmentalists judged harmful to the environment.
Kempthorne did battle with EPA Administrator Christie Whitman over an Idaho Superfund cleanup, at one point threatening to evict EPA officials from the state.
www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com /wp-print.php?p=6879   (622 words)

 Dirk Kempthorne - SourceWatch
Dirk Kempthorne, currently the Governor of Idaho, was nominated April 24, 2006, by President George W. Bush to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
In 2003, when Kempthorne was tipped as a possible head" of the Environmental Protection Agency, "liberal columnist Timothy Noah wrote in Slate that he would be a 'comically anti-environmental choice'," UPI reported March 17, 2006.
Between January 1989 and June 1995, Kempthorne received $80,000 and ranked #21 on a list of Senators who received campaign money from 54 political action committees who are members of the American Petroleum Institute and California independent oil producers.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Dirk_Kempthorne   (1994 words)

 Capital Eye - Interior Secretary Nominee Mined Industries for Campaign Cash
If Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne is confirmed as the next U.S. Secretary of the Interior, his tenure in elected office, as well as his roster of campaign contributors, suggests he will hew to the policies of his predecessor, Gale Norton.
When Kempthorne was campaigning to represent Idaho in the Senate, and after he was elected in 1992, he received more than $507,000 from individuals, companies and interests in the agribusiness sector.
In the Senate, Kempthorne was chairman of a subcommittee on drinking water, fisheries and wildlife and fought to open national forests to logging, mining and oil exploration.
www.capitaleye.org /inside.asp?ID=208   (507 words)

 USATODAY.com - Energy focus of Interior nominee's hearing   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Testifying Thursday before the panel, Kempthorne said it would be a "great responsibility" to manage public lands and waters that produce 30% of the nation's domestic supply of energy.
Kempthorne served as a senator from 1993 through 1998 and the Senate rarely rejects a former member for the Cabinet.
Kempthorne "possesses extraordinary leadership skills and a keen understanding of public lands issues," wrote the group, representing 18 governors.
www.usatoday.com /news/washington/2006-05-04-interior-hearing_x.htm   (677 words)

 Mike Crapo, U.S. Senate: Idaho Senator Dirk Kempthorne   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Dirk Kempthorne was born in San Diego California on October 29, 1951.
Kempthorne was not a not a candidate for reelection in 1998.
Senator Kempthorne was a successful Idaho gubernatorial candidate in Idaho in 1998.
www.senate.gov /~crapo/idaho/historical_info/dirk_kempthorne.cfm   (194 words)

 The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Idaho Gov. Kempthorne named to run Interior
Bush said Kempthorne, a onetime mayor of Boise and a fellow mountain-bike enthusiast, has broad experience needed for managing the 388 parts of the National Park system, 544 wildlife refuges and more than 260 million acres of multiple-use lands located mainly in 12 Western states.
Kempthorne's opposition led the Bush administration to withdraw the plan, according to statements from Interior Department officials.
Kempthorne then successfully lobbied the White House to have his own chief legal counsel, L. Michael Bogert, appointed to head the EPA office that oversees Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho.
seattletimes.nwsource.com /html/nationworld/2002870483_interior17.html   (798 words)

 President Participates in Swearing-In Ceremony for Dirk Kempthorne
And one of the reasons I picked Dirk Kempthorne is because of his love of the beautiful country that we are fortunate to call America.
Dirk, you must be given a lot of these kind of swearing-in ceremonies, and we generally don't have a man of such esteem join us in a situation like this.
Dirk Kempthorne is going to build upon the strong foundation left by Gale Norton.
newsblaze.com /story/20060608051306tsop.nb/newsblaze/TOPSTORY/Top-Story.html   (2285 words)

 The Money Behind Kempthorne   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Kempthorne's No. 1 donor as a gubernatorial candidate was Washington Group International, a Boise company that won a state contract to manage Kempthorne's Connecting Idaho highway plan.
Gov. Dirk Kempthorne raised and spent more than $2 million in his six years as a US senator - and the money trickled in even after he left to become governor in 1999.
Kempthorne, like the rest of the Idaho Land Board he chairs as governor, was slow to embrace the idea of the resort with condominiums, houses, a golf course and a marina on Lake Cascade.
www.truthout.org /issues_06/050306EC.shtml   (2083 words)

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