Al Jaeger

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Al Jaeger
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North Dakota Secretary of State
In office
1992 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 23
PredecessorJim Kusler (D)
Base salary$96,794
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1992
Campaign $$159,935
Term limitsNone
High schoolBeulah High School (1961)
Associate'sBismarck State College (1963)
Bachelor'sDickinson State University (1966)
OtherGraduate work: University of North Dakota (1968) and Montana State University (1970)
Military service
Service/branchNorth Dakota Army National Guard
Years of service1966-1972
Date of birthDecember 10, 1943
Place of birthBeulah, North Dakota
ProfessionReal estate broker, marketing analyst
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Alvin A. "Al" Jaeger (born December 10, 1943, in Beulah, North Dakota) is the 14th and current Secretary of State of North Dakota. A Republican, Jaeger was first elected to the statewide office in 1992 and was subsequently re-elected to the position in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2014.[1]

In 2010, Jaeger easily defeated state Rep. Corey Mock (D) by a margin of 62.4 percent to 37.5 percent.[2] Jaeger ran for re-election as North Dakota Secretary of State in 2014.[3]

Jaeger ran for re-election in 2014. Al Jaeger won the general election on November 4, 2014.

Jaeger has been an active member of the National Association of Secretaries of State, serving eight terms on its Executive Committee. Prior to his election as secretary of state Jaeger did not serve in any other offices. He was a self-employed real estate broker and had his own brokerage business.[1]


Shortly following his graduation from Dickinson State University, Jaeger taught at Killdeer High School for three years and then at Kenmare High School for another two years. It was between 1966 and 1972 that he balanced his professional career with his duties as an active member of the North Dakota Army National Guard. After he moved to Fargo, North Dakota in 1971, Jaeger worked for two years as a marketing analyst for the Mobil Oil Corporation. From 1973 to 1992, Jaeger operated as a self-employed real estate broker, owning his own real estate brokerage firm in Fargo.[1]

In addition to his professional work, Jaeger serves as Chairman of the NASS Standing Committee on Awards and Publications and liaison to the Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR) Section of NASS. He is also a member at large for the Executive Committee of the NASS, and a member of North Dakota Board of University and School Lands, of the North Dakota Emergency Commission Member, and of the North Dakota State Historical Society.[1]

Jaeger has earned many awards and commendations throughout his career. He was named Realtor of the Year in 1980 by the Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of Realtors, and was Bismarck State College's Alumnus of the Year Award recipient in 2009.[1]


  • Graduated from Beulah High School (1961)
  • Associate of Arts degree, Bismarck State College (1963)
  • Bachelor's degree, Dickinson State University (1966) in business education
  • Graduate work, University of North Dakota (1968)
  • Graduate work, Montana State University (1970)

Political career

North Dakota Secretary of State (1992-present)

Jaeger was first elected to the post of North Dakota Secretary of State in 1992. He has since won re-election six times.


Candidate left off ballot

Joshua Voytek, a Libertarian candidate for the State Public Service Commission, was mistakenly left off the state's June 8, 2010 primary ballot as a result of misplaced paperwork. According to Secretary of State Jaeger, even though Voytek mailed the required forms, including a candidate affidavit and statement of his financial interests, in early April, he was not listed as an official candidate because "the documents were mistakenly attached to other business registration paperwork in his office when the mail received April 8 was opened."[4] However, it was Jaeger's decision to place the third-party individual on the general election ballot, despite not receiving at least 300 votes to be eligible to run in the fall as required by state law, that drew the most criticism, especially from his Democratic opponent in the secretary of state race, Corey Mock. Even some conservative pundits in the state argued that "Jaeger may have overstepped his bounds."[5]

Even though Jaeger stated that he discussed the matter with the State Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem prior to reaching his decision, Stenehjem denied a request made by Democratic State Senator John Warner for a formal legal opinion on the issue.[6]

State Libertarian lawsuit

The Center for Competitive Politics, a Washington D.C.-based advocacy group, sued Secretary of State Al Jaeger on behalf of the Chairman of the North Dakota Libertarian Party and two candidates for the state legislature on the 2010 primary ballot that did not get enough votes to qualify for the general election. Oliver Hall, the attorney representing the Libertarians, claimed that the state's requirement to get a minimum amount of votes in the primary along with 7,000 signatures for ballot access is unconstitutional. Hall claimed the law restricts free speech and due process rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.[7]

Jager told the Bismarck Tribune that it's not his responsibility to determine which election laws are constitutional. The state's top election officer said: "we follow the law, and if they disagree with the law, they have the right to pursue satisfaction for whatever they feel is a problem."[7] North Dakota is the only state in the nation to have this type of a requirement for third party candidates to get on the ballot. Minnesota had a similar law until their Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional.[7] According to Ballot Access News, no third party candidate for the legislature has qualified for the general election since 1976.[7]



See also: North Dakota secretary of state election, 2014

Jaeger ran for re-election as North Dakota Secretary of State in 2014.[3] He won the Republican nomination in the unopposed primary on June 10. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


General election
Secretary of State of North Dakota, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAl Jaeger Incumbent 62.4% 152,085
     Democratic April Fairfield 32.2% 78,474
     Libertarian Roland Riemers 5.3% 12,920
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 278
Total Votes 243,757
Election Results via North Dakota Secretary of State.


See also: North Dakota Secretary of State election, 2010
  • 2010 General Election
  • Jaeger won with 62.44% of the vote. He was unopposed in the Republican primary election.[8]
Secretary of State, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAl Jaeger Incumbent 62.4% 145,882
     Democrat Corey Mock 37.5% 87,519
     Write-ins Write-ins 0.1% 222
Total Votes 233,623


  • 2006 General Election
  • Jaeger defeated Kristin Hedger with 53.92% of the vote. He was unopposed in the Republican primary election.[9]


  • 2004 General Election
  • Jaeger won with 65.16% of the vote. He was unopposed in the Republican primary election.[10]


  • 2000 General Election
  • Jaeger defeated Democratic opponent Dennis Bercier with 65.6% of the vote.[11] He ran unopposed in the Republican primary contest.[12]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Jaeger is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Jaeger raised a total of $159,935 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 20, 2013.[13]

Al Jaeger's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 ND Secretary of State Not up for election $0
2010 ND Secretary of State Won $84,235
2008 ND Secretary of State Not up for election $1,000
2006 ND Secretary of State Won $42,661
2004 ND Secretary of State Won $25,739
2000 ND Secretary of State Won $6,300
Grand Total Raised $159,935


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Al Jaeger currently resides in Bismarck, North Dakota with his wife, Kathy. They have three children together. Jaeger is a member of the Charity Lutheran Church.[15]

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Contact Information

Capitol Address:
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Department 108, 1st Floor
Bismarck, ND 58505-0500

North Dakota

Phone: (701) 328-2900
Toll Free Phone: (800) 352-0867
Fax: (701) 328-2992

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Kusler (D)
North Dakota Secretary of State
Succeeded by