Former Idaho Gov. Kempthorne joins voices mourning Cenarrusa

Former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, now CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers, has joined the chorus of public officials saluting former Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa, who died at 95 on Sunday.

Kempthorne is a former Boise mayor, U.S. senator and two-term governor who served four years on the Idaho Land Board with Cenarrusa, the last of Cenarrusa’s almost 36 years as secretary of state.

The statement:


Former Idaho Governor and President and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) Dirk Kempthorne issued the following statement today on the passing of Pete Cenarrusa:

Washington, D.C. (September 30, 2013)—“Pete Cenarrusa exemplified public service. I admired him greatly.

“He and his wife Freda were stalwarts at so many public events. Pete was an Idaho leader that all people could look up to.

“His passion and love for Idaho and its people was apparent to everyone who met him. Despite all his years in public service, I never met a person who did not like him.

“I extend my deepest sympathies to Freda and Pete’s entire family. I miss will him, as will the entire state of Idaho.”


Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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