Jack Dalrymple

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Jack Dalrymple
Governor of North Dakota
In office
December 7, 2010 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 5
PredecessorJohn Hoeven (R)
Base salary$110,283
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$3,593,179
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
December 15, 2000 – December 7, 2010
North Dakota House of Representatives
Bachelor'sYale University
Office website
Campaign website
John "Jack" Dalrymple (born October 16, 1948 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is the current Republican Governor of North Dakota. He was formerly the Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota, first elected in 2000 with Governor John Hoeven, and succeeded to the governorship in January 2011 after Hoeven won election to the U.S. Senate. He won re-election to a full term in 2012.[1]


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 BS in American Studies. He then returned to North Dakota to manage the farming operations.[2]

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. [2]


  • B.S. in American studies - Yale University

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.

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.



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.[3][4]

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.[5]

North Dakota Governor/Lieutenant Governor, 2008
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party ApprovedaHoever/Dalrymple 74.44%
     Democratic Party Mathern/Boucher 23.53%
     Independence Party Hendrickson/Brandenburg 2.03%
Total Votes 315,692

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.[6]

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.[7] Click [show] for more information.


Dalrymple and his wife, Betsy, have four daughters.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
Succeeded by
Drew Wrigley (R)
Preceded by
John Hoeven (R)
Governor of North Dakota
Succeeded by