Jack Dalrymple was sworn in as the 32nd Governor of the great state of North Dakota on December 7, 2010, and began working to grow and diversify North Dakota’s economy and create good jobs and economic opportunities for its citizens. He brings to the office an outstanding record of agriculture, business, legislative and executive leadership.
Since taking office, Dalrymple has worked to fund the state’s priorities, provide expanded tax relief for North Dakotans, and maintain strong reserves for the future. Under his leadership, more than 60,000 new jobs have been created, more than $1 billion in comprehensive tax relief has been provided to North Dakota citizens, more than $1 billion has been invested in strengthening the state’s infrastructure, and North Dakota has the fastest-growing economy in the nation and has been ranked “the best-run state in America.”
Born October 16, 1948, Dalrymple grew up in Casselton on the family farm, established in 1875 by his great-grandfather. He graduated with honors from Yale University in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and then returned to North Dakota to manage the farming operations.
Dalrymple came to the North Dakota Legislature in 1985, representing a rural Cass County House district. He served eight terms, including six years as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. In 2000, he was elected North Dakota’s 35th Lieutenant Governor with Governor John Hoeven and was re-elected in 2004 and 2008. He was elected to his first full term as Governor in 2012.
Dalrymple is a nationally recognized leader in value-added agriculture. He was the founding board chairman of Carrington-based Dakota Growers Pasta Company, the third-largest manufacturer and marketer of dry pasta products in North America. His work in helping to found the company earned him the 2007 Ernst and Young Midwest “Master Entrepreneur of the Year” Award. Dalrymple serves as chair of the National Governors Association Natural Resources Committee and served as chairman of the North Dakota Trade Office and the Governor’s Commission on Education Improvement.
Dalrymple and his wife, Betsy, have four daughters.