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Robert Skarphol
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North Dakota House of Representatives District 2
Incumbent
In office
2000 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 14
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Personal
BirthdayOctober 22, 1945
Place of birthCrosby, ND
ProfessionFarmer
ReligionFirst Lutheran Church
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Robert J. Skarphol (b. October 22, 1945) is a Republican member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 2. He was elected to the chamber in 2000.

Skarphol previously served in the House from 1992 to 1998.

Biography

Skarphol attended the University of North Dakota. His professional experience includes working as an independent oil contract pumper and a farmer.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Skarphol served on the following committees:

2009-2010

Elections

2012

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Skarphol ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota Senate District 2. Skarphol and fellow incumbent David Rust ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12. They defeated Dorvan Solberg in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Rust Incumbent 38.7% 4,638
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Skarphol Incumbent 38.7% 4,633
     Democratic Dorvan Solberg 22.7% 2,716
Total Votes 11,987

2008

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Skarphol won election by finishing 2nd out of 4 candidates for District 72 of the North Dakota House of Representatives.[3]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 2
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Skarphol (R) 3,065
Green check mark transparent.png David Rust (R) 3,367
Cecile Wehrman (D-NPL) 2,572
Lynn Jacobson (D-NPL) 2,570

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Skarphol is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Skarphol raised a total of $12,532 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 28, 2013.[4]

Robert Skarphol's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Dakota State House, District 2 Won $6,650
2010 North Dakota State House, District 2 Not up for election $0
2008 North Dakota State House, District 2 Won $2,451
2006 North Dakota State House, District 2 Not up for election $0
2004 North Dakota State House, District 2 Won $2,431
2000 North Dakota State House, District 2 Won $500
1998 North Dakota State House, District 2 Defeated $500
Grand Total Raised $12,532

2012

Skarphol won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Skarphol raised a total of $6,650.
North Dakota State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robert Skarphol's campaign in 2012
Lignite Energy Council$1,000
North Dakota Petroleum Council$750
North Dakota Long Term Care Association$600
CenturyLink$500
North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives$500
Total Raised in 2012$6,650
Source:Follow the Money

2008

Skarphol won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2011. During that election cycle, Skarphol raised a total of $2,451.

2004

Skarphol won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2004. During that election cycle, Skarphol raised a total of $2,431.

2000

Skarphol won election to the North Dakota State House in 2000. During that election cycle, Skarphol raised a total of $500.

1998

Skarphol lost the election for the North Dakota State House in 1998. During that election cycle, Skarphol raised a total of $500.

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.[5] 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.[6] Skarphol received a score of 68.67% on policy legislation and voted against 3.53% of state spending. Skarphol was ranked 29th on policy and 58th on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.[7]

Personal

Skarphol and his wife, Diana, currently reside in Tioga, North Dakota.

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