Jack Dalrymple

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Jack Dalrymple
Jack Dalrymple 2013.jpg
Governor of North Dakota
In office
December 7, 2010 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 5
PredecessorJohn Hoeven (R)
Base salary$121,679
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$3,593,179
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
December 15, 2000 – December 7, 2010
North Dakota House of Representatives
Bachelor'sYale University (1970)
Date of birthOctober 16, 1948
Place of birthMinneapolis, Minnesota
Office website
Campaign website
John "Jack" Dalrymple (born October 16, 1948, in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is the 32nd and current Governor of North Dakota. A Republican, he was formerly the 36th Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota, first elected in 2000 with Governor John Hoeven. Dalrymple succeeded to the governorship in January 2011 after Hoeven won election to the U.S. Senate. Dalrymple went on to win election to a full term on November 6, 2012.[1] In that race, he and running mate Drew Wrigley easily defeated Democrats Ryan Taylor and Ellen Chaffee.[2]

In January 2013, Dalrymple became the fourth Republican governor to support an expansion of Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act, known as "Obamacare," something he had previously said was "wrong for North Dakota."[3] In March 2013, he made headlines by signing into law three controversial bills that made North Dakota the toughest state in the nation in which to get an abortion.[4]

An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Dalrymple as the 26th most conservative governor in the country.[5]


Dalrymple was born on October 16, 1948 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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.S. in American Studies. He then returned to North Dakota to manage the farming operations.[6]

Dalrymple 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. He is a former chairman of the Board for Prairie Public Television, and was named the Outstanding Young Farmer of the United States of America in 1983.[6]


  • B.S. in American studies - Yale University (1970)

Political career

Governor of North Dakota (2011-Present)

Dalrymple assumed the state's governorship in 2011 when John Hoeven won a seat in the U.S. Senate. He won re-election to a full term in 2012.

Natural Resources Committee

In October 2013, Dalrymple was appointed Chair of the Natural Resources Committee in the National Governors Association by NGA Chair Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and NGA Vice Chair Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.[7]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Dalrymple was ranked number 1. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[8][9]

Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota (2000-2010)

In 2000, Dalrymple was elected lieutenant governor as John Hoeven's running mate. The pair was re-elected in 2004 and 2008.

In 2010, Hoeven ran successfully for a seat in the U.S. Senate, vacating the gubernatorial seat and leaving Dalrymple to serve the remainder of his four-year term.

North Dakota House of Representatives (1985-2000)

Dalrymple served eight terms in the North Dakota House of Representatives beginning in 1985, and served as chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

On The Issues Vote Match

Jack Dalrymple's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Dalrymple is a Centrist. Dalrymple received a score of 47 percent on social issues and 58 percent on economic issues.[10]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[11]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Unknown Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Unknown
Expand ObamaCare Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Unknown Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[10]



See also: North Dakota gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

In North Dakota, the governor and lieutenant governor are elected on one ticket in both the primary and general elections. Dalrymple and his running mate, Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley defeated Democrats Ryan Taylor & Ellen Chaffee and two pairs of independent nominees, Roland Riemers & Anthony Johns and Paul Sorum & Michael Coachman in the general election on November 6, 2012.[12][2]

Governor/Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJack Dalrymple & Drew Wrigley Incumbent 63.1% 200,525
     Democratic Ryan Taylor & Ellen Chaffee 34.3% 109,048
     independent Paul Sorum & Michael Coachman 1.7% 5,356
     independent Roland Riemers & Anthony Johns 0.8% 2,618
Total Votes 317,547
Election Results via North Dakota Secretary of State.


On November 4, 2008, Hoever and Dalrymple won re-election to the governorship and lieutenant governorship, respectively. They defeated Democratic challengers Tim Mathern & Merle Boucher and Independence Party challengers DuWayne Hendrickson & Dana Brandenburg.

Hoever and Dalrymple raised $1,995,369 for their campaign. Mathern and Boucher collected $357,306 in donations, and Hendrickson and Brandenburg reported $0 in donations.[13]

Governor/Lt. Governor of North Dakota, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Hoeven/Jack Dalrymple Incumbent 74.4% 235,009
     Democratic Tim Mathern/Merle Boucher 23.5% 74,279
     independent DuWayne Hendrickson/Dana Brandenburg 2% 6,404
Total Votes 315,692
Election Results via North Dakota Secretary of State


On November 2, 2004, John Hoeven/Jack Dalrymple won re-election to the office of Governor/Lt. Governor of North Dakota. They defeated Joseph A. Satrom/Deb Mathern and Roland Riemers/Mitchell Sanderson in the general election.

Governor/Lt. Governor of North Dakota, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Hoeven/Jack Dalrymple Incumbent 71.3% 220,803
     Democratic Joseph A. Satrom/Deb Mathern 27.4% 84,877
     independent Roland Riemers/Mitchell Sanderson 1.4% 4,193
Total Votes 309,873
Election Results Via: North Dakota Secretary of State


On November 7, 2000, John Hoeven/Jack Dalrymple won election to the office of Governor/Lt. Governor of North Dakota. They defeated Heidi Heitkamp/Aaron Krauter, Wayne J.C. Anderson, and Christine Roszkowski in the general election.

Governor/Lt. Governor of North Dakota, 2000
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Hoeven/Jack Dalrymple 55% 159,255
     Democratic Heidi Heitkamp/Aaron Krauter 45% 130,144
     Write-In Wayne J.C. Anderson 0% 8
     Write-In Christine Roszkowski 0% 5
Total Votes 289,412
Election Results Via: North Dakota Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dalrymple is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Dalrymple raised a total of $3,593,179 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 20, 2013.[14]

Jack Dalrymple's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor/Lt. Governor Won $3,593,179
1998 ND House of Representatives Won $0
Grand Total Raised $3,593,179


Dalrymple won re-election to the position of North Dakota Governor in 2012. During that election cycle, Dalrymple raised a total of $3,593,179.


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Jack Dalrymple's donors each year.[15] Click [show] for more information.


Dalrymple and his wife, Betsy, have four daughters.

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  1. ValleyNewsLive.com, "Dalrymple to run in 2012," November 1, 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bismark Tribune, "General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  3. Huffington Post, "North Dakota Medicaid Expansion Favored by Republican Governor," January 15, 2013
  4. Global Post, "North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple approves controversial abortion restrictions," March 26, 2013
  5. New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 North Dakota GOP, "Jack Dalrymple Biography"
  7. NGA News Release NGA Chooses New Committee Leadership, E-mail communication to Kristen Mathews October 23, 2013
  8. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
  9. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 On The Issues, "Jack Dalrymple Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  11. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  12. North Dakota Secretary of State, "Unofficial results, primary election," accessed June 12, 2012
  13. 'Follow the Money.org, "North Dakota candidates 2008," accessed August 9, 2011
  14. Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Jack Dalrymple," accessed May 20, 2013
  15. Follow the Money.org
Political offices
Preceded by
John Hoeven (R)
Governor of North Dakota
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
Succeeded by
Drew Wrigley (R)