Cecil D. Andrus
|Cecil D. Andrus|
|42nd United States Secretary of the Interior|
January 23, 1977 – January 20, 1981
|Preceded by||Thomas Kleppe|
|Succeeded by||James Watt|
|26th & 28th Governor of Idaho|
January 5, 1987 – January 1, 1995
|Preceded by||John Evans|
|Succeeded by||Phil Batt|
January 4, 1971 – January 23, 1977
|Lieutenant||Jack Murphy (1971–75)
John Evans (1975–77)
|Preceded by||Don Samuelson|
|Succeeded by||John Evans|
|Born||Cecil Dale Andrus
August 25, 1931
Hood River, Oregon
|Spouse(s)||Carol Mae May Andrus
(b. 1932, m.1949)
|Residence||Boise, (Lewiston in 1970)|
|Alma mater||Oregon State College
|Years of service||1951-1955|
|Rank||Petty officer, second class|
|Unit||Reserves, aviation patrol|
|Battles/wars||Korean War, Cold War|
Cecil Dale Andrus (born August 25, 1931) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as Governor of Idaho for 14 years; from 1971 to 1977 and again from 1987 to 1995. He served in Washington as U.S. Secretary of the Interior from 1977 to 1981, during the Carter administration. Andrus lost his first gubernatorial election in 1966, but won four (1970, 1974, 1986, 1990) and served for longer as governor than anyone else in the state's history. In public life he was noted for his conservationist and environmental views and accomplishments.
Born in Hood River, Oregon, Andrus was the middle of three children of Hal and Dorothy Andrus, with older brother Steve and younger sister Margaret. They later lived near Junction City, on a farm without electricity. During World War II, the family moved to Eugene in early 1942 when "Cece" was 11, where Hal and his brother Bud opened a machine shop to refurbish sawmill equipment. Andrus graduated from Eugene High School in 1948 at age sixteen and attended Oregon State College in Corvallis, where he majored in engineering in his freshman year. Only 17, he got a good summer job with the local utility in 1949 and late in August, he eloped to Reno with Carol Mae May, his high school sweetheart. Andrus had just turned 18 and she was 16 months younger. He decided to keep working and not return to college. Following the outbreak of the Korean War, he was compelled to enlist in the U.S. Naval Reserves in February 1951, and served as an electronics technician aboard patrol aircraft until 1955. After his discharge from the Navy, Andrus moved to Orofino in north central Idaho, where he worked in the timber industry in a variety of jobs at a sawmill his father co-owned (which later failed). Andrus switched to the insurance industry in 1963, and moved his family down the Clearwater River to Lewiston in 1966.
In 1960, at age 28, and concerned over the local Republican state senator's stance against needed education improvements in Idaho schools, particularly in rural areas of the state, Andrus filed as a Democrat to run against him and won, and was re-elected in 1962 and 1964 from Orofino (and Clearwater County).
Andrus first ran for governor in 1966, but was narrowly defeated in the Democratic primary by Charles Herndon, an attorney from Salmon. Seven weeks before the November election, Herndon and two others died in a twin-engine private plane crash in the mountains 6 miles (10 km) northwest of Stanley, while en route from Twin Falls to Coeur d'Alene in mid-September. Andrus was appointed the nominee to take Herndon's place on the ballot. He lost the general election to Republican Don Samuelson of Sandpoint by more than 11,000 votes, earning Andrus the unlikely distinction of losing both the primary and general election races for the same office in the same year. Andrus returned to the state senate two years later in 1968, representing Lewiston.
Undaunted by his earlier setback, Andrus defeated Samuelson by over 10,000 votes in a gubernatorial election rematch in 1970. This was attributed in large part to Andrus' public opposition to proposals for development of molybdenum mining in central Idaho's White Cloud Mountains, which Samuelson supported. Andrus was easily re-elected in 1974 with over 70% of the vote, crushing Republican Lieutenant Governor Jack M. Murphy of Shoshone by a record margin.
Interior Secretary (1977–1981)
In January 1977, Andrus left his post as governor to serve as Secretary of the Interior for newly inaugurated President Jimmy Carter, whom he had first met when both were freshman governors in 1971. Andrus became the first Idahoan to serve in a presidential cabinet. He was succeeded in Idaho by Lieutenant Governor John V. Evans, who served nearly a decade, winning elections in 1978 and 1982.
Among many other accomplishments while Interior Secretary, Andrus was responsible for shepherding through Congress the 1980 Alaska Lands Act which set aside some 103,000,000 acres (42,000,000 ha) in numerous, new national parks and wildlife refuges, including the still controversial Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other vast wilderness and conservation areas in Alaska.
In 1979, when President Carter asked for the resignations of his entire Cabinet during an administration retreat at Camp David, the resignation of Andrus was not accepted. Andrus stayed on as Secretary of the Interior for the remainder of Carter's presidency, and returned to Idaho after Carter's term ended in January 1981.
Noted for his ability and patience, both in Idaho and while Secretary of the Interior, in working tirelessly to broker often very difficult, bi-partisan compromises leading to the successful passage of legislation, Andrus was frequently criticized by both pro-developmental interests and by Washington-based environmentalist groups for his various conservation and preservation efforts and initiatives. He is quoted by a former aide at Interior as having once said: "One of the best ways to tell if we're doing something right, is when both sides are ticked off at us. And nobody wins if we wind up tossing the baby out with the bathwater.".
Andrus wrote in his memoir about such a need for compromise relative to his successful, last-ditch efforts in securing passage of the Alaska Lands Act during the last month of the Carter Administration in December 1980, following Ronald Reagan's election in November: "The environmental groups were initially hostile. I actually had to listen to the idiotic argument (from the Wilderness Society and Sierra Club's paid Washington lobbyists) that they could get a better Alaska package out of Reagan and Watt."
"Cooler heads quickly prevailed," Andrus continues, "It proved the old adage that there's nothing like a hanging in the morning to focus the mind. Even though we were creating tomorrow's controversies, a 103-million acre [preservation] plan ... was a lot better than nothing."
Governor again (1987-95)
After several years in private life following his return to Idaho in 1981, Andrus surprised many by seeking and recapturing the Idaho governorship in 1986, but he defeated Republican Lieutenant Governor David H. Leroy in a close election. During this second stint as governor, Andrus vigorously opposed federal efforts to store nuclear waste in Idaho. He also brokered a path-breaking agreement among land use and conservation interests to control water pollution from nonpoint sources to protect riparian and fish habitat in Idaho's rivers and streams.
In 1990 Andrus drew attention when he vetoed a bill, passed by the legislature, which "would have made abortion illegal except in cases of non-statutory rape reported within seven days, incest if the victim is under 18, severe fetal deformity or a threat to the mother's life." Andrus easily won re-election later that year against conservative Republican state senator Roger Fairchild of Fruitland, and won every county except Lemhi. In his fourth and final term as governor, Andrus was again in the national spotlight due to the Endangered Species Act listing of several Snake River salmon species. These anadromous fish species spawn in their natal streams in Idaho and migrate seaward at a young age. Governor Andrus called attention to the downstream federal dams operated by the Army Corps of Engineers as the major culprit. His successful lawsuit against the federal government led to incremental changes in operations of the dams, and to continuing efforts for major conservationist modifications to the dams that are ongoing today. On April 3, 1990, he also signed House Bill 817 into law, creating two new types of felony crimes, defined new criminal investigation areas, provided the basis for opening Ritual Child Abuse cases based upon probable cause, and provided a framework for extensive R.C.A. investigation training throughout Idaho.
Despite remaining personally popular, Andrus did not seek re-election to a fifth term in 1994. He was succeeded by Republican Phil Batt, the first Republican win in a gubernatorial election in Idaho since 1966. Batt served a single term and did not seek re-election in 1998.
|Year||Democrat||Votes||Pct||Republican||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct|
|1966||Cecil Andrus||93,744||37.1%||Don Samuelson||104,586||41.4%||Perry Swisher||Independent||30,913||12.2%||Phillip Jungert||Independent||23,139||9.2%|
|1970||Cecil Andrus||128,004||52.2%||Don Samuelson (inc.)||117,108||47.8%|
|1974||Cecil Andrus (inc.)||184,142||70.9%||Jack Murphy||68,731||26.5%||Nolan Victor||American||6,759||2.6%|
|1986||Cecil Andrus||193,429||49.9%||David Leroy||189,794||49.0%||James A. Miller||Independent||4,203||1.1%|
|1990||Cecil Andrus (inc.)||217,801||68.1%||Roger Fairchild||101,885||31.9%|
In 1995, Andrus founded the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University, and in 1998, published his memoir, Politics Western Style. Opened in 1997 by the Meridian School District, the Cecil D. Andrus Elementary School in west Boise is named after him.
Andrus remains active in the Idaho Democratic Party and continues to campaign on behalf of other Democrats. In 2006 Andrus served as campaign treasurer for Idaho Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brady. And, in February 2008, Andrus endorsed and campaigned actively on behalf of Barack Obama in Boise, Idaho. At what was described as the "second biggest political rally in Idaho history," by the New York Times, Andrus introduced Obama and recalled hearing John F. Kennedy speak years earlier. "I’m older now, some would suggest in the twilight of a mediocre political career," Andrus said. "[but] I, like you, can still be inspired. I can still hope."
"But we do care," Andrus continues, "and we should. We care about the future ... I remain hopeful that I will be able to pass on to my grandchildren all the pleasures of life in an unspoiled West. Perhaps hope should be replaced by a stronger word. It is a matter of obligation."
A 2011 book on Andrus and his career in public service described him as "Idaho's greatest governor."
- Willis, Henry (September 27, 1973). "Eugene 'alum' at conference". Eugene-Register Guard. p. 6B.
- Carlson, Chris (2010). Andrus: Idaho's Greatest Governor.
- Edmonston Jr., George. "OSU's Famous Alumni". Oregon State University Alumni Association. Retrieved 2006-10-21.
- Bill Hall (December 19, 1976). "Who is this guy Cecil Andrus?". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 19A.
- "State Sen. Cecil Andrus will be speaker for Lewiston High School commencement". Lewiston Morning Tribune. May 1, 1969. p. 20.
- Benjamin, Stan (January 20, 1977). "Andrus gives up much to take on tough job". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. p. 3.
- "Smylie loses, Herndon holds edge on Andrus". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. August 3, 1966. p. 1.
- "Air crash kills Idaho candidate for governor". Morning-Record (Meriden, CT). Associated Press. September 16, 1966. p. 17.
- A Political Dynasty in North Idaho, 1933-1967 Accessed 28 January 2008
- "Andrus is likely ballot successor". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. September 16, 1966. p. 1.
- "Conservatism given credit by Samuelson". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. November 10, 1966. p. 1.
- "Andrus tops Idaho vote". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. November 4, 1970. p. 1.
- "Samuelson reiterates support of mining in White Clouds". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. September 17, 1969. p. 1.
- Kenyon, Quane (April 29, 1985). "Priest Lake question colors Idaho politics". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. p. A1.
- "Andrus wins with record margin". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. November 6, 1974. p. 1.
- 200 Faces for the Future - TIME
- John Gingles - "My Tenure as a Congressional Liaison", from A Personal Memoir, Washington, D.C., 2007.
- Cecil D. Andrus, "Politics Western Style" (with Joel Connelly), Sasquatch Books, Seattle, 1998 - p. 80f.
- "Andrus reclaims old job in squeaker over Leroy". Spokane Chronicle. Associated Press. November 5, 1981. p. A1.
- Idaho's Andrus Vetoes Strict Abortion Bill, March 31, 1990, Los Angeles Times
- "Andrus, Craig record lopsided wins". Spokane Daily Chronicle. wire services. November 7, 1990. p. B5.
- "A SIGN OF THE TIMES". Skeptic Tank Files.
- Cecil D. Andrus, "Politics Western Style" (with Joel Connelly), Sasquatch Books, Seattle, 1998.
- Andrus Elementary - Joint School District No. 2 (accessed 4 February 2012)
- Campaign finance report from Idaho Secretary of State website
- Obama endorsed by former Idaho Governor Andrus - Breaking News Updates from Portland and Oregon - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
- 10:04 a.m. - Barack Obama wows, inspires crowd at Taco Bell Arena | Eyepiece | Idaho Statesman
- Timothy Egan: "Obama: The Shock of the Red"
- Cecil D. Andrus, "Politics Western Style" op cit - p. 239.
- Carlson, Chris. Cecil Andrus: Idaho's Greatest Governor (October 2011), Caxton Press, ISBN 0-87004-505-9
|Party political offices|
Vernon K. Smith
|Democratic Party nominee, Governor of Idaho
1966 (lost), 1970 (won), 1974 (won)
John V. Evans
John V. Evans
|Democratic Party nominee, Governor of Idaho
1986 (won), 1990 (won)
|Governor of Idaho
January 4, 1971–January 24, 1977
John V. Evans
Thomas S. Kleppe
|U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Served under: Jimmy Carter
January 24, 1977–January 20, 1981
James G. Watt
John V. Evans
|Governor of Idaho
January 5, 1987–January 2, 1995