Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne has been nominated by President Bush to be the new Secretary of the Interior, replacing the departing Gale Norton. If confirmed, Kempthorne would be the second sitting Idaho governor tapped for that post. Then-Gov. Cecil Andrus was named Interior secretary in 1977 by President Jimmy Carter.
Kempthorne, who’s been in Washington, D.C. for meetings, is planning a press conference there in less than an hour.