David H. Leroy

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Dave Leroy
36th Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 5, 1987
GovernorJohn V. Evans
Preceded byPhil Batt
Succeeded byButch Otter
28th Attorney General of Idaho
In office
January 1, 1979 – January 3, 1983
GovernorJohn V. Evans
Preceded byWayne Kidwell
Succeeded byJim Jones
Personal details
Born (1947-08-16) August 16, 1947 (age 72)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Idaho (B.S., J.D.)
New York University (LL.M.)
WebsiteOfficial website,
Campaign website

David Henry "Dave" Leroy (born August 16, 1947)[1] is a past lieutenant governor and attorney general of Idaho. He was the state's 36th lieutenant governor between 1983 and 1987, the final four years of the administration of Governor John V. Evans.

Leroy was appointed by President George H. W. Bush as United States Nuclear Waste Negotiator in 1990,[2] and served in that capacity until 1993. He has been a practicing attorney in Boise since 1988, and deals with government and administrative law issues, criminal defense and family law trials, hearings, litigation, and counsel at local, state, and federal local levels.[3]

Leroy is a self-taught Abraham Lincoln expert,[4] and founded the Idaho Lincoln Institute.[5]


Leroy graduated from Lewiston High School and the University of Idaho in Moscow, where he was ASUI president as an undergraduate.[6][7] After receiving a bachelor's degree, he continued at the College of Law and earned a J.D. degree in 1971, then added an LL.M. degree at New York University.


Idaho's 1st Congressional District[edit]


Leroy announced his candidacy for the open seat in Congress in Idaho's first district on May 12, 2017.[8] He lost the Republican primary in May 2018 to Russ Fulcher, taking second with 15.6% of the vote.[9]


In 1994, Leroy ran for Congress in the first district and finished second in the Republican primary, behind Helen Chenoweth with 27.8% of the vote.[10]


Leroy was Republican nominee for governor in 1986, but narrowly lost in the general election to former Democratic Governor Cecil Andrus.[11]

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

He was elected lieutenant governor in 1982 and succeeded Phil Batt, who was the Republican nominee for governor that year.[12]

Attorney General[edit]

At age 31, Leroy was elected Attorney General of Idaho in 1978, easily defeating Boise attorney Mike Wetherell for the open seat.[13][14] At the time, he was the youngest attorney general in the nation.[12]

Ada County Prosecuting Attorney[edit]

Was elected prosecuting attorney in Ada County (Boise) in 1970s and served two terms.[15]


Leroy is a grandfather with two children, Jordan a lawyer and mom, and Adam, an archaeologist and father. Leroy's wife Nancy is a former Miss Boise and Miss Boise State University, and has a degree in Sociology from BSU.[16]


  1. ^ Nomination of David H. Leroy To Be Nuclear Waste Negotiator Accessed 25 January 2008
  2. ^ Kenyon, Quayne (July 29, 1990). "Former Idaho 'hot property' eyes a hot seat". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. p. 3B.
  3. ^ "Credentials | David H. Leroy | Attorney at Law | Boise, ID". David H. Leroy | Attorney at Law | Boise, ID. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  4. ^ "David H. Leroy – IDAHO LINCOLN INSTITUTE". looktolincoln.org. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  5. ^ Release, Press. "Press Release: New Idaho Institute Seeks Wisdom of Lincoln". idahopoliticsweekly.com. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  6. ^ "Leroy, England elected to top spots". Idaho Argonaut. (Moscow). (University of Idaho). March 8, 1967. p. 1.
  7. ^ "ASUI President". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1968. p. 116.
  8. ^ Press, Associated. "Former Idaho AG David LeRoy to run for open House seat". KBOI. Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  9. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (2018-05-15). "Idaho Primary Election Results". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  10. ^ Idaho Primary Election Results May 24, 1994 Archived May 1, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Accessed 25 January 2008
  11. ^ "Idaho candidates conciliatory; labor leaders lick their wounds". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. November 6, 1986. p. A1.
  12. ^ a b "Leroy appears headed for victory". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 3, 1978. p. 1A.
  13. ^ "Dave Leroy, Idaho Attorney General". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). (advertisement). November 5, 1978. p. 7C.
  14. ^ "Evans will have a GOP sidekick". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 8, 1978. p. 1A.
  15. ^ "Credentials | David H. Leroy | Attorney at Law | Boise, ID". David H. Leroy | Attorney at Law | Boise, ID. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  16. ^ "Dave Leroy for Congress | Leroy for Idaho". 2018-05-14. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Wayne Kidwell
Attorney General of Idaho
Succeeded by
Jim Jones
Political offices
Preceded by
Phil Batt
Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
Succeeded by
Butch Otter
New office United States Nuclear Waste Negotiator
Succeeded by
Richard H. Stallings
Party political offices
Preceded by
Phil Batt
Republican nominee for Governor of Idaho
Succeeded by
Roger Fairchild