David H. Bieter
Bieter was born in Boise and graduated from Bishop Kelly High School in 1978. Bieter earned a bachelor's degree in international studies from University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and a law degree from the University of Idaho. He was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1986. In addition to his native English, Bieter is fluent in Spanish and Basque.
In 1999 Bieter was appointed to the Idaho House of Representatives as a Democrat to succeed his late father, Pat Bieter, in District 19 (north Boise). Bieter was elected to a full term in 2000 and reelected in 2002.
In 2003 Bieter was elected Boise mayor in a nonpartisan contest, defeating Republican Party activist Chuck Winder and Ada County Sheriff Vaughn Killeen. He was reelected in 2007 with 64 percent of the vote, defeating city councilman Jim Tibbs.
Bieter was an early supporter of Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. It had been speculated Bieter might emerge as a Democratic candidate for Governor of Idaho in 2010, however he declined to file as a candidate. Rumors of a possible 2014 Bieter candidacy for governor or another higher office have circulated as well, although he has not made any public comment on the matter.
Bieter easily won a third four-year term as mayor in November 2011, defeating David B. Hall with 74 percent of the vote. He is the first Boise mayor to win a third four-year term since Richard Eardley in 1981.
According to the New York Times, "Bieter spent part of his youth in the Basque Country and is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the only Basque-speaking mayor in the United States." Boise is home to the largest Basque population outside of Europe, with 15,000 Basques.
Bieter married his wife Julia in 1998. The couple has one daughter.
- David Harold Bieter Lawyer Profile - martindale.com, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. (accessed 20 September 2013)
- About the Mayor - City of Boise (accessed 20 September 2013)
- Bieter beats Tibbs in Boise mayor race
- Boise Mayor Dave Bieter Endorsement
- How will you hang?
- Popkey, Dan. "Democrat Bieter wanted to hear GOP Speaker Boehner, backed Simpson in 2010" Idaho Statesman, August 29, 2013. (accessed 20 September 2013)
- Election Results (accessed 10 December 2011)
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