James Schmidt

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James Schmidt
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North Dakota House of Representatives District 31
In office
December 1, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolMinot Model High School
Bachelor'sUtah State University, 1972
Place of birthCando, ND
Office website
James 'Jim' Schmidt is a Republican member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 31. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Schmidt earned his B.S. in Wildlife Management from Utah State University in 1972. His professional experience includes working for 33 years with the United States Department of Agriculture's Soil Conservation Service before retirement. He currently manages a 900-acre farm.[1]

Committee assignments


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

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy and Natural Resources
Finance and Taxation


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



See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Dakota House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 10, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 7, 2014. Incumbent James Schmidt and incumbent Karen Rohr were unopposed in the Republican primary, while LaDonna Allard and Mike Faith were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Allard, Faith, Schmidt and Rohr will face off in the general election.[2][3]


See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Schmidt won election to the North Dakota House of Representatives in the November 2 general election. Schmidt and Karen Rohr (R) defeated incumbent James Kerzman (D) and Chad Harrison (D).[4][5]

North Dakota State House, District 31
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Rohr (R) 2,523
Green check mark transparent.png James Schmidt (R) 2,434
James Kerzman (D) 1,967
Chad Harrison (D) 1,578

Campaign donors


In 2010, Schmidt raised a total of $4,792 in campaign contributions.[6]

His five campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
North Dakota Republican Senate Caucus $1,892
North Dakota Association of Realtors $1,050
House Republican Caucus of North Dakota $1,000
Lignite Energy Council $500
North Dakota Petroleum Council $350


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] Schmidt received a score of 63.86% on policy legislation and voted against 27.98% of state spending. Schmidt was ranked 34th on policy and 7th on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.[8]


Schmidt has two children and currently resides in Mandan, North Dakota.[1]

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