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Jack Dalrymple

Jack Dalrymple
32nd Governor of North Dakota
Assumed office
December 7, 2010
Lieutenant Drew Wrigley
Preceded by John Hoeven
36th Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
In office
December 15, 2000 – December 7, 2010
Governor John Hoeven
Preceded by Rosemarie Myrdal
Succeeded by Drew Wrigley
Member of the North Dakota House of Representatives from the 22nd district
In office
Succeeded by Vonnie Pietsch
Personal details
Born John Stewart Dalrymple III
(1948-10-16) October 16, 1948
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Betsy Wood
Residence Governor's Residence
Alma mater Yale University
Religion Presbyterianism[1]

John Stewart "Jack" Dalrymple III (born October 16, 1948) is a North Dakota politician and businessman who has been the 32nd Governor of North Dakota since 2010. He was previously the 36th Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota from 2000 until December 2010, when Governor John Hoeven resigned and Dalrymple succeeded him. He has also served as a state representative, and ran for the U.S. Senate twice.


  • Early life, education, and early career 1
  • North Dakota legislature 2
    • Elections 2.1
    • Committee assignments 2.2
  • U.S. Senate elections 3
    • 1988 3.1
    • 1992 3.2
  • Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota 4
  • Governor of North Dakota 5
  • Personal life 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early life, education, and early career

Dalrymple was born on October 16, 1948 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Casselton, North Dakota on his family's farm, which was established in 1875 as the state's first large-scale wheat farm. He graduated with honors from Yale University, with a B.S. in American Studies. He then returned to North Dakota to manage the farming operations.[2]

He served on the Casselton Jobs Development Commission, and helped to found Share House, Inc., a Fargo residential treatment program for those recovering from alcohol or drug dependencies. He is a former chairman of the Board for Prairie Public Television, and he was named the Outstanding Young Farmer of the United States of America in 1983.

North Dakota legislature


In 1984, he won a seat in the North Dakota House of Representatives. He won re-election in 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, and 1998. He represented rural Casselton, Cass County.

Committee assignments

He served as chairman of the House Appropriations committee for four years. In the 1999-2000 interim, he also chaired the Budget Section, the legislative panel charged with reviewing spending issues between sessions.

U.S. Senate elections


In December 1987, he announced he would run for the U.S. Senate.[3] He lost the Republican nomination to State House Majority Leader Earl Strinden.[4] Strinden lost the general election to incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Quentin Burdick.


On September 8, 1992 Burdick died, leaving a vacant seat. Governor Jocelyn Burdick to fill the vacancy until a special election was held. She was not a candidate for election to the rest of the term. On September 17, 1992 Dalrymple announced he would run in the special election.[5] In October 1992, he won the Republican nomination.[6] U.S. Senator Kent Conrad, of North Dakota's other senate seat, defeated Dalrymple 63%-34%. Dalrymple only won three counties in the state: Billings, McIntosh, and Sheridan.[7]

Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota

Dalrymple was elected with John Hoeven as Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota in 2000. He is a major figure at Dakota Growers Pasta Company, Inc of Carrington, North Dakota.

Dalrymple, at a parade in West Fargo.

Governor of North Dakota

Then-Lt. Governor Dalrymple became governor following the resignation of John Hoeven, who was elected to the U.S. Senate on November 2, 2010 (in accordance with the gubernatorial succession provisions of the Constitution of North Dakota). Two days later, on November 4, 2010, Dalrymple designated now-former U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Drew Wrigley as his successor once his transition to the governor's office was completed.

On December 7, 2010, Hoeven officially tendered his resignation as governor to Alvin Jaeger, the North Dakota secretary of state. Later that day, in front of a joint session of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly and before a statewide television audience, Dalrymple was sworn in as governor, and then Wrigley was sworn in as lieutenant governor.

On November 1, 2011, Governor Dalrymple announced on a multi city tour of North Dakota that he would run for a full four-year term as Governor, with Wrigley as his running mate. In 2012, Dalrymple handily defeated Democratic challenger Ryan Taylor in the General Election to serve a full term as governor.[8]

North Dakota places no term limits upon either the governor or the lieutenant governor, meaning that an individual may be elected to and serve for any number of terms.

Personal life

Dalrymple married Betsy Wood in 1971, and has four daughters.

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  3. ^ "Dalrymple announces his bid for GOP Senate endorsement".  
  4. ^ "Incumbents rule the roost of campaign funding Burdick balance blots out Strinden".  
  5. ^ "Dalrymple throws in hat for Burdick seat; more hats likely to follow".  
  6. ^ "It'll be Conrad vs. Dalrymple; Republican candidate Jack Dalrymple sets tough campaign tone".  
  7. ^ "ND US Senate Special". Our Campaigns. Randy Parker. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  8. ^

External links

  • Governor Jack Dalrymple official North Dakota government website
  • Jack Dalrymple for Governor
  • Jack Dalrymple at DMOZ
Political offices
Preceded by
Rosemarie Myrdal
Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
Succeeded by
Drew Wrigley
Preceded by
John Hoeven
Governor of North Dakota
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Joe Biden
as Vice President
Order of Precedence of the United States
Within North Dakota
Succeeded by
Mayor of city
in which event is held
Succeeded by
Otherwise John Boehner
as Speaker of the House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Hickenlooper
as Governor of Colorado
Order of Precedence of the United States
Outside North Dakota
Succeeded by
Dennis Daugaard
as Governor of South Dakota
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