John “Jack” Dalrymple

Born Oct. 16, 1948
North Dakota Governor 2010-Present

John “Jack” Dalrymple was sworn in as North Dakota’s 32nd governor on Dec. 7, 2010. As the state’s governor, he is working to grow and diversify North Dakota’s economy and create good jobs and economic opportunities for its citizens. He remains committed to managing the state with fiscal responsibility and has placed a new emphasis on infrastructure improvements and energy development. He brings to the office an outstanding record of farming, business, legislative and executive leadership.

Dalrymple was born on Oct. 16, 1948 and grew up near Casselton on the family farm, which was 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 became active in the community, serving on the Casselton Job Development Authority and helping to establish Share House, Inc., a Fargo residential treatment program for recovering alcoholics and drug dependents. Dalrymple was elected in 1985 represent a rural Cass County district in the North Dakota House of Representatives. 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 Gov. John Hoeven, and he was re-elected in 2004 and 2008.

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 served as chair of the North Dakota Trade Office and the Governor’s Commission on Education Improvement.

Dalrymple and his wife, Betsy, have four daughters.

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