About the Mayor
Since he was a boy, David H. Bieter wanted to be mayor of his hometown, Boise, Idaho – either that or a fullback for the Green Bay Packers. After law school, work as a city attorney and service in the Idaho Legislature, he realized his dream with election to the office in 2003.
Now serving his forth four-year term, Mayor Bieter is Boise’s longest serving mayor in the city’s 150-year history.
From the beginning, Mayor Bieter’s mission has been to make Boise the most livable city in the country -- a goal that continues to transform the city government’s culture, drive its strategic direction, and build Boise’s reputation as a welcoming city and a center for business, culture, education and outdoor recreation.
Recent successes include:
- Support of local entrepreneurs through Trailhead
- Creation of more than 1,000 high-paying jobs in the city over the last two years and more than $1 billion of public and private investment in Boise’s booming downtown
- Building of the city’s fourth branch library
- Creation of a city-supported early childhood education program at two local elementary schools
- Leading a community-wide effort to provide the city’s most vulnerable residents with stable housing and services to help break the cycle of chronic homelessness
- Overwhelming voter approval of a $10 million levy fund for the protection of open space and water quality in the Boise Foothills and along the Boise River basin
Led by Mayor Bieter’s vision, the city’s top priorities in coming years for advancing its mission include investments in:
- A new main library that embraces 21st Century library patrons and their needs, while potentially providing another downtown anchor for city services, cultural enrichment and community gathering space
- A modern, well-balanced transportation system that puts people first by providing real mobility choices and offers safety, optimizes infrastructure and supports vibrant neighborhoods
- Establishing new public financing tools that allow Boise residents the choice of investing in their own infrastructure, services and amenities through local option taxation
- A citizen experience initiative where high-touch meets high-tech to give city leaders and staff the information, skills and systems to better, more effectively engage and serve residents through daily interactions
Mayor Bieter was born in Boise, attended Bishop Kelly High School, and received a degree in International Studies from The College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. He earned his law degree from the University of Idaho and gained experience in municipal government as civil counsel to Bonner County in North Idaho. He later served as a land-use specialist in the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office before opening a private practice in Boise.
Bieter was appointed to his father’s seat in the Idaho Legislature following the tragic death of his parents, Pat and Eloise Bieter, in a car accident in 1999. He was reelected to the District 19 House seat in 2000 and 2002. After his election as mayor in 2003, he was re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2015.
Bieter and his wife, Julia, have one daughter.