January 8, 2009

Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne

In one of his final appearances as the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne joins host Marcia Franklin in the IdahoPTV studio for a conversation about his accomplishments and legacy.

Franklin and Kempthorne will also discuss what his priorities for the department have been during his stewardship, as well as challenges facing the new Secretary of the Interior.

Prior to his appointment as Secretary of the Interior, Kempthorne served nearly two terms as Governor of Idaho, first elected in 1998 and then reelected in 2002. From 1993 to 1999, he served in the United States Senate. He began his career in public service as the mayor of the city of Boise (1985-1992).

Kempthorne was confirmed as the 49th Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior on May 26, 2006. The department, which includes the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has more than 70,000 employees and a $17 billion budget. The department has been in the news recently because of several Inspector General reports detailing mismanagement in various parts of the agency under prior secretaries.