Daniel T. Eismann

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Dan Eismann
Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court
In office
January 2, 2001 (2001-01-02) – August 31, 2017 (2017-08-31)
Appointed by election
Preceded by Cathy Silak
Succeeded by Richard Bevan
Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court
In office
Appointed by election (peers)
Preceded by Gerald Schroeder
Succeeded by Roger Burdick
Personal details
Born 1947 (age 69–70)
Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Idaho
(B.S. 1973, Sociology)
University of Idaho
(J.D. 1976)
Profession Attorney
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch US Department of the Army Seal.png U.S. Army
Years of service 1967–70
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Air Medal ribbon.svg Air Medal (3)
Purple Heart ribbon.svg Purple Heart (2)

Daniel T. Eismann (born 1947) is a retired justice of the Idaho Supreme Court. Elected to the court in 2000, he was chief justice from 2007 to 2011,[1] and stepped down from the court in 2017.[2]

Born in Eugene, Oregon, while his father attended law school, Eismann was raised in Homedale in Owyhee County, Idaho, and graduated from Vallivue High School near Caldwell in 1965. He attended the University of Idaho in Moscow for two years, then enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Eismann served two consecutive tours of duty in Vietnam as a crew chief/door gunner on a Huey gunship helicopter, and was awarded two purple hearts for being wounded in combat and three medals for heroism.[3] After an honorable discharge from the military, he returned to UI to complete his undergraduate degree in sociology and then graduated cum laude from its College of Law in 1976.[1][3]

Eismann went into private practice in Homedale, and was appointed as a magistrate judge in Owyhee County in 1986 and a district judge in Ada County in 1995.[4]

He unseated supreme court justice Cathy Silak in the statewide election in May 2000,[5][6] the only defeat for an incumbent on the court since 1944.[7][8][9] Eismann was unopposed for re-election in 2006 and 2012,[10][11] and retired in August 2017.[2]

Governor Butch Otter appointed Richard Bevan of the fifth district (Twin Falls) to fill the seat; he will face election in less than a year in May 2018.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Supreme Court Justices". State of Idaho. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Brown, Nathan (August 29, 2017). "Twin Falls Judge Bevan named to Idaho Supreme Court". Times-News. (Twin Falls, Idaho). Retrieved September 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Alger, Jake (November 11, 2014). "Justice Daniel Eismann: judge’s life of service began on Huey". Idaho Press-Tribune. Nampa. 
  4. ^ "Dan Eismann". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. April 9, 2000. p. B10. 
  5. ^ Gaddy, Angie (April 9, 2000). "Supreme Court race has political feel". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. B1. 
  6. ^ Fick, Bob (May 24, 2000). "Silak loses to Eismann; A challenger unseats an Idaho Supreme Court justice". Lewiston Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ Warbis, Mark (January 3, 2001). "Newest Idaho justice wins praise at swearing-in". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. p. B1. 
  8. ^ "Otter emerges from GOP crowd in Idaho primary". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. May 24, 2000. p. B5. 
  9. ^ "Statewide judicial vote by county". State of Idaho. Secretary of State, Election Division. May 23, 2000. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Primary election results". State of Idaho. May 23, 2006. Archived from the original on April 19, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Primary election results". State of Idaho. May 15, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 

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Preceded by
Gerald Schroeder
Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court
Succeeded by
Roger Burdick
Preceded by
Cathy Silak
Associate Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court