David H. Bieter
|David H. Bieter|
|Mayor of Boise, Idaho|
January 6, 2004
|Preceded by||Carolyn Terteling-Payne|
|Member of the Idaho House of Representatives from the 19th district|
|Preceded by||Pat Bieter|
|Succeeded by||Anne Pasley-Stuart|
November 1, 1959 |
|Political party||Democratic (elected mayor in nonpartisan elections)|
|Alma mater||University of St. Thomas, B.A.
University of Idaho, J.D.
Bieter was born in Boise and graduated from Bishop Kelly High School in 1978. Bieter earned a bachelor's degree in international studies from University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and a law degree from the University of Idaho.
A Democrat, in 1999 Bieter was appointed to the Idaho House of Representatives to succeed his late father, Pat Bieter, in District 19 (north Boise). Bieter was elected to a full term in 2000 and reelected in 2002.
In 2003 Bieter was elected Boise mayor in a nonpartisan contest, defeating Republican Party activist Chuck Winder and Ada County Sheriff Vaughn Killeen. He was reelected in 2007 with 64 percent of the vote, defeating city councilman Jim Tibbs.
Bieter was an early supporter of Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. It had been speculated Bieter might emerge as a Democratic candidate for Governor of Idaho in 2010, however he declined to file as a candidate.
Bieter easily won a third four-year term as mayor in November 2011, defeating David B. Hall with 74 percent of the vote. He is the first Boise mayor to win a third four-year term since Richard Eardley in 1981.
According to the New York Times, "Bieter spent part of his youth in the Basque Country and is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the only Basque-speaking mayor in the United States." Boise is home to the largest Basque population outside of Europe, with 15,000 Basques.
|Mayor of Boise, Idaho
|United States order of precedence|
C. L. "Butch" Otter
Governor of Idaho
|United States order of precedence
In Boise, Idaho
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives