C.L. “Butch” Otter was re-elected to his second term as Governor of Idaho on November 2, 2010. He previously served three terms in Congress representing Idaho’s 1st District (2000-2006).
Governor Otter was born in Caldwell on May 3, 1942. He graduated from St. Teresa’s Academy (now Bishop Kelly High School) in Boise, attended Boise Junior College (now Boise State University), and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the College of Idaho in 1967. He served honorably in the Idaho Army National Guard’s 116th Armored Cavalry from 1968 to 1973, and later was awarded honorary doctorates from the University of the Philippines and the College of Idaho in Caldwell. His 30-year career in business includes membership on the Board of Directors of the J.R. Simplot Company. He also served as Director of the Food Products Division, President of Simplot Livestock, and President of Simplot International. He retired in 1993.
Governor Otter is a member of the Roman Catholic Church, the National Rifle Association, the Maple Grove State Grange, and the Idaho Cowboys Association. He is a Grand Slam member of Ducks Unlimited, a lifetime member of Safari Club International, and is a lifetime member of American Legion Post 113 in Meridian. Governor Otter is a father of four and grandfather of six. He is married to the former Lori Easley of Kimberly. They live on their ranch near Star.
Idaho’s future path has been shaped in large measure by the work of our next medalist and this evening’s Keynote Speaker, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. Governor Otter’s life has been dedicated to the advancement and betterment of the State of Idaho. Having served in elected office for over three decades, Governor Otter’s service to our State is without equal. Butch’s elected life began in 1973 when he was elected to the State House of Representatives where he served two terms beginning in 1973. He then served four terms as the Lt. Governor of Idaho, whereupon he was elected to serve as a US Representative for the State of Idaho where he served three terms from 2001-2006. He then was elected to the Office of Governor of the State in 2006 and was subsequently reelected in 2010. In addition to his service as an elected officer, Butch also served our State and nation as a member of the Idaho Army National Guard’s 116th Armored Calvary. Governor Otter has also been instrumental in the Idaho Meth Project, a large-scale prevention program aimed at reducing Meth use through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach.