Jack Dalrymple

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Jack Dalrymple
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32nd Governor of North Dakota
Assumed office
December 7, 2010
Lieutenant Drew Wrigley
Preceded by John Hoeven
36th Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
In office
December 15, 2000 – December 7, 2010
Governor John Hoeven
Preceded by Rosemarie Myrdal
Succeeded by Drew Wrigley
Member of the North Dakota House of Representatives
from the 22nd district
In office
Preceded by ???
Succeeded by Vonnie Pietsch
Personal details
Born John Stewart Dalrymple III
(1948-10-16) October 16, 1948 (age 67)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Betsy Wood
Residence Governor's Residence
Alma mater Yale University
Religion Presbyterianism[1]

John Stewart "Jack" Dalrymple III (born October 16, 1948) is a North Dakota politician and businessman who has been the 32nd Governor of North Dakota since 2010. He was previously the 36th Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota from 2000 until December 2010, when Governor John Hoeven resigned and Dalrymple succeeded him. He has also served as a state representative, and ran for the U.S. Senate twice.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Dalrymple was born on October 16, 1948 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Mary Josephine (Knoblauch) and John Stewart Dalrymple, Jr.[2] He grew up in Casselton, North Dakota on his family's farm, which was established in 1875 as the state's first large-scale wheat farm. He graduated with honors from Yale University, with a B.A. in American Studies. He then returned to North Dakota to manage the farming operations.[3][not in citation given]

He served on the Casselton Jobs Development Commission, and helped to found Share House, Inc., a Fargo residential treatment program for those recovering from alcohol or drug dependencies.[citation needed] He is a former chairman of the Board for Prairie Public Television, and he was named the Outstanding Young Farmer of the United States of America in 1983.[by whom?]

North Dakota legislature[edit]


In 1984, he won a seat in the North Dakota House of Representatives. He won re-election in 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, and 1998. He represented rural Casselton, Cass County.

Committee assignments[edit]

He served as chairman of the House Appropriations committee for four years. In the 1999-2000 interim, he also chaired the Budget Section, the legislative panel charged with reviewing spending issues between sessions.

U.S. Senate elections[edit]


In December 1987, he announced he would run for the U.S. Senate.[4] He lost the Republican nomination to State House Majority Leader Earl Strinden.[5] Strinden lost the general election to incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Quentin Burdick.


On September 8, 1992 Burdick died, leaving a vacant seat. Governor George Sinner appointed Burdick's widow Jocelyn Burdick to fill the vacancy until a special election was held. She was not a candidate for election to the rest of the term. On September 17, 1992 Dalrymple announced he would run in the special election.[6] In October 1992, he won the Republican nomination.[7] U.S. Senator Kent Conrad, of North Dakota's other senate seat, defeated Dalrymple 63%-34%. Dalrymple only won three counties in the state: Billings, McIntosh, and Sheridan.[8]

Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota[edit]

Dalrymple was elected with John Hoeven as Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota in 2000. He is a major figure at Dakota Growers Pasta Company, Inc of Carrington, North Dakota.

Dalrymple, at a parade in West Fargo.

Governor of North Dakota[edit]

Then-Lt. Governor Dalrymple became governor following the resignation of John Hoeven, who was elected to the U.S. Senate on November 2, 2010 (in accordance with the gubernatorial succession provisions of the Constitution of North Dakota). Two days later, on November 4, 2010, Dalrymple designated now-former U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Drew Wrigley as his successor once his transition to the governor's office was completed.

On December 7, 2010, Hoeven officially tendered his resignation as governor to Alvin Jaeger, the North Dakota secretary of state. Later that day, in front of a joint session of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly and before a statewide television audience, Dalrymple was sworn in as governor, and then Wrigley was sworn in as lieutenant governor.

On November 1, 2011, Governor Dalrymple announced on a multi city tour of North Dakota that he would run for a full four-year term as governor, with Wrigley as his running mate. In 2012, Dalrymple handily defeated Democratic challenger Ryan Taylor in the General Election to serve a full term as governor.[9]

North Dakota does not place term limits upon either the governor or the lieutenant governor, meaning that an individual may be elected to and serve for any number of terms.

Personal life[edit]

Dalrymple married Betsy Wood in 1971, and has four daughters.

Electoral history[edit]

North Dakota U.S. Senate Special Election, 1992
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic-NPL Kent Conrad 103,246 63.22
Republican Jack Dalrymple 55,194 33.80
Independent Darold Larson 4,871 2.98
North Dakota Gubernatorial Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jack Dalrymple/Drew Wrigley (inc.) 200,526 63.15
Democratic-NPL Ryan Taylor/Ellen Chaffee 109,047 34.34
Independent Paul Sorum/Michael Coachman 5,356 1.69
Independent Roland Clifford Riemers/Anthony Johns 2,616 0.82

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jack Dalrymple Politix, Retrieved August 20, 2013.
  2. ^ http://www.davidleefuneralhome.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=598111
  3. ^ "ndgop.com". ndgop.com. Archived from the original on August 23, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Dalrymple announces his bid for GOP Senate endorsement". Grand Forks Herald. December 9, 1987. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Incumbents rule the roost of campaign funding Burdick balance blots out Strinden". Grand Forks Herald. April 23, 1988. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Dalrymple throws in hat for Burdick seat; more hats likely to follow". Grand Forks Herald. September 17, 1992. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ "It'll be Conrad vs. Dalrymple; Republican candidate Jack Dalrymple sets tough campaign tone". Grand Forks Herald. October 5, 1992. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ "ND US Senate Special". Our Campaigns. Randy Parker. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ "2016 President Primaries Results". Politico. Archived from the original on November 7, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 

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Preceded by
Rosemarie Myrdal
Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
Succeeded by
Drew Wrigley
Preceded by
John Hoeven
Governor of North Dakota
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Earl Strinden
Republican nominee for United States Senator from North Dakota
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Ben Clayburgh
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John Hoeven
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Doug Burgum
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