Blair Thoreson

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Blair Thoreson
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North Dakota House of Representatives District 44
Incumbent
In office
1998 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 16
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNorth Dakota State University, 2003
Master'sUniversity of Mary
Personal
BirthdayMay 6, 1964
Place of birthFargo, ND
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Blair Thoreson (b. May 6, 1964) is a Republican member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 44. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

Biography

Thoreson earned his B.S. from North Dakota State University and his M.M. from the University of Mary. His professional experience includes being the owner of Three Lyons Pub and a medical writer for the PRACS Institute.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Thoreson served on the following committees:

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Thoreson served on the following committee:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Thoreson served on the following committee:

Elections

2012

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Thoreson ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota Senate District 44. Thoreson defeated incumbent Donald Clark and Bob Jansen in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 44 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoshua Boschee 26.2% 3,420
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBlair Thoreson Incumbent 25.9% 3,380
     Democratic Bob Jansen 24.2% 3,156
     Republican Donald Clark 23.7% 3,098
Total Votes 13,054

2008

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Thoreson won election by finishing 1st out of 4 candidates for District 44 of the North Dakota House of Representatives.[4]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 44
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Blair Thoreson (R) 3,324
Green check mark transparent.png Donald Clark (R) 3,270
Bob Jansen (D-NPL) 3,070
Janice Benson Johnson (D-NPL) 2,947

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thoreson is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Thoreson raised a total of $18,839 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 29, 2013.[5]

Blair Thoreson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Dakota State House, District 44 Won $9,250
2010 North Dakota State House, District 44 Not up for election $300
2008 North Dakota State House, District 44 Won $5,000
2006 North Dakota State House, District 44 Not up for election $0
2004 North Dakota State House, District 44 Won $2,939
2000 North Dakota State House, District 44 Won $250
1998 North Dakota State House, District 44 Won $1,100
Grand Total Raised $18,839

2012

Thoreson won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Thoreson raised a total of $9,250.
North Dakota State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Blair Thoreson's campaign in 2012
North Dakota Association of Realtors$1,000
Lignite Energy Council$1,000
North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Providers$750
North Dakota Petroleum Council$750
North Dakota Long Term Care Association$600
Total Raised in 2012$9,250
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Thoreson was not up for election to the North Dakota State House in 2010. During that election cycle, Thoreson raised a total of $300.

2008

Thoreson won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2008. During that election cycle, Thoreson raised a total of $5,000.

2004

Thoreson won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2004. During that election cycle, Thoreson raised a total of $2,939.

2000

Thoreson won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2000. During that election cycle, Thoreson raised a total of $250.

1998

Thoreson won election to the North Dakota State House in 1998. During that election cycle, Thoreson raised a total of $1,100.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 4. In 2014, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills impacting North Dakota's business community.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in regular session from January 4 through April 28. A special session was called by Governor Jack Dalrymple from November 7 through 12 to cover legislative redistricting and disaster relief.[6] In 2012, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored on how they voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to women's issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

NDPC: North Dakota Legislative Review

See also: North Dakota Policy Council: North Dakota Legislative Review

The North Dakota Policy Council, a North Dakota-based nonprofit research organization which describes itself as "liberty-based", published the North Dakota Legislative Review, a comprehensive report on how state legislators voted during the 2011 legislative session. The scorecard seeks to show how North Dakota legislators voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote. The Council recorded and scored votes on both spending bills and policy bills, and awarded points accordingly. Policy issues voted upon included income tax cuts, pension reform, and government transparency. On spending legislation, the Council accorded a percentage score based on how much spending the legislator voted against. On policy legislation, scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Council.[7] Thoreson received a score of 83.95% on policy legislation and voted against 2.45% of state spending. Thoreson was ranked 7th on policy and 77th on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.[8]

Personal

Thoreson and his wife, Jennifer, have two children. They currently reside in Fargo, North Dakota.[1]

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