David Monson

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David Monson
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North Dakota House of Representatives District 10
Incumbent
In office
1992 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 22
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Speaker of the House, North Dakota House of Representatives
2009 - 2012
Assistant Majority Leader, North Dakota House of Representatives
1998 - 2008
Compensation
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sUniversity of North Dakota - Williston, 1970
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Dakota - Grand Forks, 1972
Master'sUniversity of North Dakota - Grand Forks, 1983
Personal
BirthdayJuly 30, 1950
Place of birthLangdon, ND
ProfessionSchool Superintendent
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
David Monson (b. July 30, 1950) is a Republican member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 10. He was first elected to the chamber in 1992. Monson is a former Speaker and Assistant Majority Leader.

Biography

Monson earned his A.A. from the University of North Dakota-Williston in 1970, his B.S. and his M.Ed. from the University of North Dakota-Grand Forks in 1972 and 1983. Monson has been the School Superintendent for Edinburg School District #106 since 1995. He was also a high school principal in the Milton School District and field underwriter for New York Life Insurance.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Monson did not serve on any committees.

Issues

Law enforcement drones

On January 21, 2013, Monson, fellow Representatives Rick Becker, Dick Anderson, Thomas Beadle, Joe Heilman, Curt Hofstad, Karen Rohr, Nathan Toman, and Ben Hanson, and Senator Margaret Sitte introduced HB 1373 to restrict the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) by law enforcement agencies. This bill would require agencies to receive a court warrant for any drone use, and such warrants would only be obtainable for felony investigations. Exceptions would be made for drones used to patrol the Canadian border, aid law enforcement agencies where there is "reasonable suspicion" that quick action is necessary, and evaluate damage during and after natural disasters. HB 1373 would also allow people injured by governmental violation of these restrictions to sue the offending law enforcement agencies. The bill would expressly prohibit surveillance by drones with lethal or non-lethal weapons, private surveillance of other private parties without informed consent, and surveillance of people exercising their constitutional rights of free speech and assembly.[2][3] On January 28, the Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on the bill.[4]

Elections

2012 (Representative)

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Monson ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota Senate District 10. Monson and fellow incumbent Charles Damschen were unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Monson Incumbent 53.5% 4,914
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Damschen Incumbent 46.5% 4,279
Total Votes 9,193

2012 (Superintendent)

See also: North Dakota down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Monson ran for North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012. The position is officially nonpartisan but candidates seek the endorsement of parties at their state conventions. Monson lost to Kirsten Baesler during the Republican party's convention by a vote of 863-725 and moved for unanimous support of Baesler.[7]

2008

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Monson won election by finishing 1st out of 4 candidates for District 10 of the North Dakota House of Representatives.[8]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 10
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Monson (R) 2,871
Green check mark transparent.png Charles Damschen (R) 2,587
Kathy Stremick (D-NPL) 2,566
Richard Flanders (D-NPL) 2,148

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Monson is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Monson raised a total of $12,056 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 29, 2013.[9]

David Monson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Dakota State House, District 10 Won $2,775
2010 North Dakota State House, District 10 Not up for election $0
2008 North Dakota State House, District 10 Won $5,156
2006 North Dakota State House, District 10 Not up for election $0
2004 North Dakota State House, District 10 Won $1,900
2000 North Dakota State House, District 10 Won $1,825
1998 North Dakota State House, District 10 Won $400
Grand Total Raised $12,056

2012

Monson won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Monson raised a total of $2,775.
North Dakota State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Monson's campaign in 2012
North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives$600
North Dakota Long Term Care Association$600
North Dakota Bankers Association$400
North Dakota Petroleum Council$350
North Dakota Chiropractic Association$300
Total Raised in 2012$2,775
Source:Follow the Money

2008

Monson won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2011. During that election cycle, Monson raised a total of $5,156.

2004

Monson won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2004. During that election cycle, Monson raised a total of $1,900.

2000

Monson won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2000. During that election cycle, Monson raised a total of $1,825.

1998

Monson won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 1998. During that election cycle, Monson raised a total of $400.

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.[10] 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.[11] Monson received a score of 46.99% on policy legislation and voted against 3.58% of state spending. Monson was ranked 49th on policy and 53rd on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.[12]

Personal

Monson and his wife, Mary, have three children and three grandchildren. They currently reside in Osnabrock, North Dakota.[1]

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