Dave Bieter

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Dave Bieter
Dave Bieter 2009.jpg
Mayor of Boise
Assumed office
January 6, 2004
Preceded by Carolyn Terteling-Payne
Member of the Idaho House of Representatives
from District 19 Seat B
In office
Preceded by Pat Bieter
Succeeded by Anne Pasley-Stuart
Personal details
Born (1959-11-01) November 1, 1959 (age 58)
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Julia Bieter
Children 1 daughter
Alma mater University of St. Thomas, B.A.
University of Idaho, J.D.
Profession Attorney

David Harold "Dave" Bieter[1] (born November 1, 1959) is an American politician and attorney who has served as mayor of Boise, Idaho, since 2004. He is a Democrat, though the office of mayor is officially nonpartisan.

Early years[edit]

Born in Boise, Bieter graduated from Bishop Kelly High School in 1978. He earned a bachelor's degree in international studies from University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and a law degree from the University of Idaho in Moscow. He was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1986.[1] In addition to his native English, Bieter is fluent in Spanish and Basque.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 1999, Bieter was appointed to the Idaho House of Representatives as a Democrat 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 2004, Bieter was elected Boise mayor in an open-seat, 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.[3]

Bieter was an early supporter of Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. presidential election.[4]

Bieter easily won a third four-year term as mayor in November 2011, defeating David B. Hall with 74 percent of the vote.[5] He was the first Boise mayor to win a third four-year term since Richard Eardley in 1981.

Bieter was a candidate for a fourth term in 2015,[6] defeating Judy Peavey-Derr and Seth Holden with 69 percent of the vote.[7] Bieter is the first Boise mayor to win four four-year terms and the first Boise mayor to win a fourth term of any sort since R. E. Edlefsen in 1957. With the win Bieter became the longest-serving mayor in city history.

Bieter was a Hillary Clinton delegate for Idaho at 2016 Democratic National Convention.[8]

It had been speculated Bieter might emerge as a Democratic candidate for Governor of Idaho.[9][10]


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 concentration outside of Europe, with 15,000 Basques.[11]

Bieter married his wife Julia in 1998, and they have one daughter.[2]


  1. ^ a b David Harold Bieter Lawyer Profile - martindale.com, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  2. ^ a b About the Mayor - City of Boise Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  3. ^ Bieter beats Tibbs in Boise mayor race Retrieved October 29, 2008. Archived July 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Boise Mayor Dave Bieter Endorsement". Archived from the original on January 28, 2008. 
  5. ^ Election Results Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  6. ^ Sewell, Cynthia. "The race is on for city elections", Idaho Statesman, (September 4, 2015). Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  7. ^ "Boise mayor, City Council incumbents win their races". KTVB. November 4, 2015. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Idaho Democrats Convention: National Delegates and National Committe-Members - Idaho Democratic Party". Idaho Democratic Party. 2016-06-22. Retrieved 2017-05-01. 
  9. ^ Adam Graham, How will you hang? (June 28, 2008).
  10. ^ Popkey, Dan. "Democrat Bieter wanted to hear GOP Speaker Boehner, backed Simpson in 2010" Idaho Statesman, (August 29, 2013). Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  11. ^ John O'Connor (August 24, 2012). "Herding Sheep in Basque Country (Idaho)". The New York Times. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Carolyn Terteling-Payne
Mayor of Boise, Idaho
2004 – present
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
C. L. "Butch" Otter
Governor of Idaho
United States order of precedence
In Boise, Idaho
Succeeded by
Paul Ryan
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives