Ellen Chaffee

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Ellen Chaffee
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Candidate for
Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
Master'sNorth Dakota State University
Ph.D.Stanford University
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Ellen Chaffee was a 2012 Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota in the 2012 elections, running on a ticket with gubernatorial candidate Ryan Taylor.[1]


Chaffee is a senior fellow at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. She worked for 15 years as President of Valley City State University, during nine of which she also served as President of Mayville State University. She has also worked as President in Residence at Harvard University, academic vice-chancellor for the North Dakota University System, director for organizational studies at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, trustee of the MeritCare health care system, and in student affairs at North Dakota State University.[2]


  • MS, North Dakota State University
  • MA, Higher education administration, Stanford University
  • PhD, Higher education administration, Stanford University



See also: North Dakota gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Chaffee was the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota. She ran on a ticket with Ryan Taylor. In the general election in November, they faced Republican incumbents Jack Dalrymple & Drew Wrigley, and two pairs of independent nominees, Roland Riemers & Anthony Johns and Paul Sorum & Michael Coachman.[3] They were defeated by incumbents Dalrymple and Wrigley.[3]

Governor/Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJack Dalrymple & Drew Wrigley Incumbent 63.1% 200,525
     Democratic Ryan Taylor & Ellen Chaffee 34.3% 109,048
     independent Paul Sorum & Michael Coachman 1.7% 5,356
     independent Roland Riemers & Anthony Johns 0.8% 2,618
Total Votes 317,547
Election Results via North Dakota Secretary of State.

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Taylor & Chaffee lost the election to the position of North Dakota Governor/Lieutenant Governor in 2012. During that election cycle, Taylor & Chaffee raised a total of $651,284.


Chaffee and her husband, David, have one daughter and three grandchildren.

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