ACLI President and CEO


Governor Dirk Kempthorne was appointed president and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) in November 2010 after an impressive career in public service.

As president and CEO of ACLI, Governor Kempthorne is the chief representative and spokesman for the U.S. life insurance industry before Congress, the administration, in all state capitals and in the international arena. ACLI’s approximately 290 member companies represent 95 percent of industry assets in the United States.

Governor Kempthorne’s focus is on the important role life insurers play in providing financial and retirement security to 75 million American families. His efforts help shape public policies that make it easier for families to manage risk and ensure they have protection, long-term savings and guaranteed income-for-life options in retirement.

Governor Kempthorne also is president of the Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA). GFIA represents 41 insurance trade associations from around the world on a broad range of issues affecting the international insurance industry. Governor Kempthorne has represented ACLI and GFIA in meetings before regulators and government officials from over 130 nations and many international organizations and international standard setters.

Governor Kempthorne was born in San Diego, California, but has called Idaho his home state for most of his life. He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in political science.

Governor Kempthorne began his commitment to public service in 1985 when he was elected mayor of Boise, Idaho. After serving seven years as mayor, he was elected to the United States Senate in 1992. With Idaho issues close to his heart, he left the Senate after one term and was elected governor of Idaho in 1998. 

In 2006, Governor Kempthorne returned to Washington, D.C. to serve President George W. Bush as the 49th Secretary of the Interior, charged with resurrecting the department’s tradition of responsible stewardship of public lands. In this role, Governor Kempthorne managed 20 percent of U.S. lands with an annual budget of $18 billion.

In addition to his accomplishments as a public servant, Governor Kempthorne has served as chairman of the National Governors Association and the Western Governors Association, and president of the Council of State Governments.

Governor Kempthorne holds an Honorary Doctorate of Administrative Science degree from his alma mater, the University of Idaho. He and his wife, Patricia, also a University of Idaho graduate, have two children, Heather and Jeff, and four grandchildren.


Governor Kempthorne: 2018 Moroccan Federation of Insurance and Reinsurance 5th Annual Insurance Conference

Governor Kempthorne: ReFocus 2018

Governor Kempthorne: ACLI 2017 Annual Conference

Governor Kempthorne: The Insurance Interview Podcast

Governor Kempthorne: Insurance Europe Annual Conference - "2030 and Beyond" Panel Discussion

Governor Kempthorne: 2017 NAIFA Congressional Conference

Governor Kempthorne: 2017 Moroccan Federation of Insurance and Reinsurance 4th Annual Insurance Conference

Governor Kempthorne: ReFocus 2017

Governor Kempthorne: ACLHIC 39th Annual Roundtable

Governor Kempthorne: ACLI 2016 Annual Conference

Governor Kempthorne: Life Insurers and Infrastructure Investment

Governor Kempthorne: 2016 Moroccan Federation of Insurance and Reinsurance Conference (MERC)

Governor Kempthorne: 2016 National Governors Association Winter Meeting, Panel Discussion, "States: Finding Solutions, Improving Lives"

Governor Kempthorne: 2015 2nd China-U.S. Insurance Summit

Governor Kempthorne: 2015 French Federation of Insurance Companies International Conference "Financial Regulation and Climate"

Governor Kempthorne: 2015 Association of British Insurers' Biennial Conference

Governor Kempthorne: 2015 Federacion Interamericana de Empresas de Seguros (FIDES)

Governor Kempthorne: 2015 ACLI Annual Conference

Governor Kempthorne: 2015 Turkey G-20 Insurers and the G-20 Goals Conference

Governor Kempthorne: 2015 7th International Insurance Conference

Governor Kempthorne: 2015 Life Insurance Conference

Governor Kempthorne: 2014 French Federation of Insurance Companies (FFSA) Conference 

Governor Kempthorne: 2014 ACLI Annual Conference 

Governor Kempthorne: 2014 NAIFA Congressional Conference

Governor Kempthorne: 2014 ReFocus 

Governor Kempthorne: A Life Insurance Industry Perspective: Five Years Ago and Five Years from Now

Governor Kempthorne: 2014 Medical Section Annual Meeting 

Governor Kempthorne: 2013 ACLI Annual Conference 


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