Thomas S. Kleppe
|Thomas S. Kleppe|
|41st United States Secretary of the Interior|
October 17, 1975 – January 20, 1977
|President||Gerald R. Ford|
|Preceded by||Stanley K. Hathaway|
|Succeeded by||Cecil D. Andrus|
|10th Administrator of the Small Business Administration|
|President||Richard M. Nixon
Gerald R. Ford
|Preceded by||Hilary J. Sandoval, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Mitchell P. Kobelinski|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Dakota's 2nd district|
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1971
|Preceded by||Rolland W. Redlin|
|Succeeded by||Arthur A. Link|
July 1, 1919|
Kintyre, North Dakota, United States
|Died||March 2, 2007
Bethesda, Maryland, United States
|Resting place||Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, United States|
|Spouse(s)||Glendora "Glen" Kleppe|
|Children||Janis Eileen Kleppe Cunningham
Thomas Stewart Kleppe
Jane Paula Kleppe Sutermeister
Jill Marie Kleppe McClelland
|Parents||Lars O. Kleppe (homesteaders)
Hannah Savig Kleppe
|Alma mater||Valley City High School
Valley City State University
Valley City Teachers College
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1942–1946|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Thomas Savig Kleppe (July 1, 1919 – March 2, 2007) was an American politician who served as the U.S. House of Representative from North Dakota. He was also the Administrator of the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
Early life and politics
Kleppe was born on July 1, 1919, in Kintyre, North Dakota, the son of Lars O. Kleppe and his wife Hannah Savig Kleppe. He graduated from Valley City High School in Valley City, North Dakota in 1936. Kleppe graduated from Valley City State University, then Valley City Teachers College. During World War II, Kleppe served from 1942 to 1946 as a Warrant Officer. From 1950 to 1954, he was the Mayor of Bismarck, North Dakota. From 1946 to 1964, he was the president and treasurer of the Gold Seal Company.
In 1964, Kleppe was the Republican nominee for United States Senate but lost to the popular incumbent Democrat Quentin N. Burdick. In 1966 he was elected as a Republican to the Ninetieth United States Congress, and he was reelected in 1968 to the Ninety-first United States Congress (January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1971). In 1970 he was again an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Senate, losing a rematch to Burdick by a wide margin.
He served as the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, and later served as the Secretary of the Interior for President Gerald Ford.
In his capacity as the Secretary of the Interior, Kleppe was the appellant in the Supreme Court case Kleppe v. New Mexico (1976), in which it was decided that a state could not challenge the authority of the federal government to regulate federal lands within its borders.
In 1977, he joined the faculty at University of Wyoming.
His wife, Frieda K. Kleppe, died in 1957. Kleppe married Glendora Loew Gompf, on December 18, 1958. They had four children. He resided in Bismarck, North Dakota. Kleppe died of Alzheimer's disease, in Bethesda, Maryland, on March 2, 2007. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
|United States House of Representatives|
Rolland W. Redlin
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 2nd congressional district
Arthur A. Link
Stanley K. Hathaway
|U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Served under: Gerald R. Ford
Cecil D. Andrus