Cecil D. Andrus began his political career at the age of 29, when he was first elected to the Idaho State Senate in 1960. He served four terms in the Idaho State Legislature. In 1970, Andrus was elected the Governor of Idaho. He was the first person in Idaho state history to be elected Governor four different times, in 1970, 1974, 1986, and 1990.
Andrus served as the Chairman of the National Governor’s Association in 1976. Andrus served the United States as its 42nd Secretary of Interior in 1977. He served for four years as a member of President Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Cabinet.
Andrus has received four Honorary Degrees from Institutions of Higher Education. He has also been the recipient of many awards and honors during his distinguished political career: the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Man of the Year, 1959; the National Wildlife Federation’s Conservationist of the Year, 1980; the Wilderness Society’s Ansel Adams Award, 1985; the Audubon Society’s Audubon Award, 1985; Idaho State University’s Statesman of the Year, 1990; Political Science Honor Society’s Statesman of the Year, 1990; and B’nai Birth’s Torch of Liberty Award, 1991.
Andrus was initiated into Eugene Chapter in Eugene, Oregon, in 1959. He is a Legion of Honor recipient. Andrus was inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame on June 24, 1994.
Governor of Idaho and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Began political career at the age of 29 when first elected to the Idaho State Senate-1960
Served four terms in Idaho State Legislature
Elected Governor of Idaho – 1970
Chairman National Governors’ Association – 1976
First person in Idaho State history to be elected Governor four different times
Re-Elected in 1974 – 1986 – 1990
Served the United States as its 42nd Secretary of the Interior – 1977
Served four years as a member of President Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Cabinet
Four Honorary Degrees from Institutions of Higher Education Veterans of Foreign Wars’ “Man of The Year” -1959
The National Wildlife Federation’s “Conservationist of the Year” – 1980
The Wilderness Society’s “Ansel Adams Award” – 1985
The Audubon Society’s “Audubon Award” – 1985
Idaho State University’s “Statesman of the Year” – 1990
Political Science Honor Society’s “Statesman of the Year” – 1990
B’nai Brith’s “Torch of Liberty Award” – 1991
Eugene Chapter, Eugene, Oregon Initiated: 1949
Legion of Honor