March 16, 2006

Crapo Praises Kempthorne Appointment

Looks forward to collaborating on important Idaho issues

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne will make a superior Interior Secretary, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said today in response to the announcement that Kempthorne has been chosen to fill the post recently vacated by current Secretary Gale Norton. â??Dirk is a westerner, a colleague and a friend who sincerely understands western issues,â?? Crapo said. â??We are currently addressing so many important and difficult issues that impact Idaho, and the prospect of working so closely with him in this role is very exciting. Dirk has been an advocate for improving the Endangered Species Act, public lands management, fish recovery and I look forward to him working collaboratively with Congress to address these and many issues.â?? Crapo continued, â??Dirk served well as a U.S. Senator and has worked to improve Idahoâ??s natural resources and land as our Governor. I have confidence he will serve the nation as well as he served Idaho in this capacity as Secretary of the Interior.â?? Kempthorne and Crapo were elected to the U.S. Senate and House respectively in 1992 and Crapo filled Kempthorneâ??s Senate seat when Kempthorne was elected to be the governor of Idaho. # # # FOR INTERESTED MEDIA: A radio actuality is available by calling 1-800-545-1267. Press 327 at any time during or after the greeting and instructions. You can also access the actuality through the Internet at in the Radio Links. To directly link to this news release, please use the following address: