Jack Dalrymple was born in Minneapolis and now lives in Bismarck, N.D. He earned a bachelor's in American studies in 1970 from Yale University, where he played on the school's hockey team.
Dalrymple returned to North Dakota after graduating from college to manage the family's farming operations and land holdings near Casselton. Dalrymple's great-grandfather, Oliver Dalrymple, was one of North Dakota's early "bonanza farmers," a term for very large farms. Oliver Dalrymple established one of North Dakota's largest farming operations by the late 1890s.
Jack Dalrymple was elected to the North Dakota House in 1984, serving as a member of the Appropriations Committee. He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1992, losing to Democrat Kent Conrad.
Dalrymple became Appropriations chairman during the 1993 Legislature, a job he held for the next three sessions (the North Dakota Legislature meets in odd-numbered years). He did not seek re-election in 2000. Instead, he joined the ticket of Republican gubernatorial candidate John Hoeven. Hoeven and Dalrymple were elected to three terms as governor and lieutenant governor, most recently in 2008.
Hoeven was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2010. Dalrymple became governor on Dec. 7, 2010, when Hoeven resigned to prepare to take his Senate seat.
Dalrymple and his wife, Betsy, have four daughters.
A great-grandson of one of North Dakota's most prominent farmers, Jack Dalrymple became governor in December 2011, after his predecessor, Gov. John Hoeven, resigned to become a U.S. senator. Dalrymple had been Hoeven's lieutenant governor since December 2000. Hoeven was elected to the Senate in November 2010.
Dalrymple entered politics in 1984, when he was elected to the North Dakota House, representing a rural Cass County farming district in the Red River Valley. He became chairman of the House Appropriations Committee after serving as chairman of a subcommittee with jurisdiction over state human services spending.
While in the Legislature, Dalrymple became the chief organizer of what became Dakota Growers Pasta Co., a farmer-owned cooperative that used its members' durum wheat to make pasta. The company built a manufacturing plant, which began operating in November 1993, and bought another pasta maker, Primo Piatto of New Hope, Minn., four years later.
At first, the company's ownership was limited to farmers, but it changed its bylaws in 2002 to allow anyone to buy shares. Dakota Growers was sold to Viterra Inc., a food processing and grain handling company based in Calgary, Alberta, in 2010.
As lieutenant governor, Dalrymple handled drafting the governor's budget recommendations, legislative relations and agricultural processing ventures. He was chairman of the Governor's Commission on Education Improvement, which engineered a package of reforms of the state's system of providing aid to local schools. Its work was instrumental in settling a lawsuit filed by a group of North Dakota school districts, which claimed the existing state system was unconstitutional.
Dalrymple's chief worries as governor have been grappling with aid to victims of North Dakota's widespread flooding in the spring and summer of 2011, and the problems brought on by booming oil and gas development in western North Dakota.
He has successfully pushed for expanded state aid to local public works projects. He also has become something of a pitchman for the state's robust economy, appearing on business news channels to promote the state's oil industry and discuss its need for labor. In the summer of 2012, North Dakota's unemployment rate was one of the nation's lowest, at about 3 percent.
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Jack Dalrymple is not up for re-election in 2014.
(Last updated by The Associated Press on June 13, 2014.)