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 94 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 and his wife, Patricia, also a University of Idaho graduate, have two children, Heather and Jeff, and four grandchildren.