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Thomas S. Kleppe


In office
October 17, 1975 – January 20, 1977
President Gerald Ford
Preceded by Stanley K. Hathaway
Succeeded by Cecil D. Andrus

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Dakota's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1971
Preceded by Rolland W. Redlin
Succeeded by Arthur A. Link

Born July 1, 1919(1919-07-01)
Emmons County, North Dakota
Died March 2, 2007 (aged 87)
Bethesda, Maryland
Political party Republican
Alma mater Valley City State University
Religion Lutheran
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1942-1946
Battles/wars World War II

Thomas Savig Kleppe (July 1, 1919 – March 2, 2007) was an American politician who served as a U.S. Representative from North Dakota and as United States Secretary of the Interior.

Kleppe, the son of homesteaders, was born in Kintyre in Emmons County, North Dakota. He graduated in 1936 from Valley City High School in Valley City in Barnes County in eastern North Dakota. In 1937, he attended Valley City State University, then Valley City Teachers College. During World War II, from 1942 to 1946 he was a Warrant Officer.

From 1950 to 1954, he was the mayor of Bismarck, North Dakota. From 1946 to 1964, he was the president and treasurer of the Gold Seal Company.

In 1964, he was the Republican nominee for United States Senate but lost to the popular incumbent Democrat Quentin N. Burdick. In 1966 he was elected as a Republican to the Ninetieth United States Congress, and he was reelected in 1968 to the Ninety-first United States Congress (January 3, 1967 to January 3, 1971). In 1970 he was again an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Senate.

From 1971 to 1975, he was the administrator of the Small Business Administration. From 1975 to 1977, he was the Secretary of the Interior under Gerald Ford. In 1977, he joined the faculty of the University of Wyoming.

Kleppe died of Alzheimer's disease in Bethesda, Maryland.

See also

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rolland W. Redlin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 2nd congressional district

1967 – 1971
Succeeded by
Arthur A. Link
Political offices
Preceded by
Stanley K. Hathaway
United States Secretary of the Interior
1975–1977
Succeeded by
Cecil D. Andrus
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