New Gov. Jim Risch had this to say in a statement: “The Secretary of State received Governor Kempthorne’s resignation letter by fax at 12:57 p.m. Friday and in accordance with the Constitution and statutes I became the governor. I am truly humbled by this opportunity. Vicki and I love this state and its people, and I will vigorously fulfill my responsibilities as the state’s Chief Executive.”
He added, “This is a big day for Idaho and we are very excited for Dirk Kempthorne. I told him we are very proud of him, and he can be proud of his public service here in Idaho. I know that he will make Idahoans and the nation proud with his service as our Secretary of the Interior.”
Risch said in a press release that when he told Kempthorne that, Kempthorne responded, “Jim, you will make a great governor for Idaho.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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