Kempthorne Among Invitees to New Year's Summit


What do the following people have in common:
-Former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne
-Screenwriter of "500 Days of Summer" Scott Neustadter
-Passages author Gail Sheehy
-HIV Virus discoverer Flossie Wong-Staal
-Fair Game protagonist Valerie Plame
-NPR host Scott Simon
-Sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer
-Daily Show writer Kevin Bleyer

They're among the guests of this year's iconic Renaissance Weekend in Charleston, South Carolina. The non-partisan retreat is entering its 30th year of attracting leaders from diverse fields for hundreds of lectures and seminars. This week's event will draw 1,100 participants.


Kempthorne's resume includes Boise mayor, U.S. Senator, governor and Secretary of the Interior to Pres. George W. Bush. In Sept. November 2010, Kempthorne became president and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers, with an estimated compensation package near $3 million.