Elected Idaho’s 32nd governor in 2006, reelected in 2010 and 2014
Early Years: Born 1942, in Caldwell, Idaho
Education: St. Teresa's Academy in Boise; attended Boise Junior College (now Boise State University), graduated from the College of Idaho.
Career: 30-year career in business, included serving as President of Simplot Livestock and Simplot International; served four terms as Idaho's Lieutenant Governor (longer than anyone in state history); served three terms in Congress, representing Idaho's 1st District from 2001 through 2006.
Learn more on the Governor’s official website
Nickname: The Gem State
Population: 1.7 million
Size: The state covers 83,574 square miles
Economic drivers: agriculture, food process, lumber and wood products, mining, tourism
Did you know? Idaho's famous potato crop comprises around one-third of the nationwide yield.