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Dave Bieter

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Preceded by  Pat Bieter
Profession  Attorney
Role  Mayor of Boise
Party  Democratic Party
Children  Josie Bieter
Succeeded by  Anne Pasley-Stuart
Name  David Bieter
Spouse  Julia Bieter (m. 1998)
Office  Mayor of Boise since 2004
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Preceded by  Carolyn Terteling-Payne
Born  November 1, 1959 (age 56) Boise, Idaho (1959-11-01)
Political party  Democratic (elected mayor in nonpartisan elections)
Alma mater  University of St. Thomas, B.A. University of Idaho, J.D.
Education  University of Idaho, University of St. Thomas, Bishop Kelly High School, University of Idaho College of Law

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David Harold "Dave" Bieter (born November 1, 1959) is American politician who has served as mayor of Boise, Idaho since 2004. He is a Democrat though the office of mayor is officially nonpartisan.


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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.

Political career

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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.

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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 circulated as well.

Bieter easily won a third four-year term as mayor in November 2011, defeating David B. Hall with 74 percent of the vote. He was the first Boise mayor to win a third four-year term since Richard Eardley in 1981.

Bieter was a candidate for a fourth term in 2015, defeating Judy Peavey-Derr and Seth Holden with 69 percent of the vote. Bieter is the first Boise mayor to win four four-year terms and the first Boise mayor to win a fourth term of any sort since R. E. Edlefsen in 1957. With the win Bieter became the longest-serving mayor in city history.


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.


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