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Joan Heckaman
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North Dakota State Senate District 23
Incumbent
In office
2006 - present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 8
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sValley City State University, 1967
Master'sMinot State University, 1995
Personal
BirthdayMay 30, 1946
Place of birthNew Rockford, ND
ProfessionTeacher
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Joan Heckaman (b. April 30, 1946) is a Democratic member of the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 23. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006. Heckaman serves as Assistant Minority Leader in the 2013 session.

Biography

Heckaman earned her B.S. in Education from Valley City State University in 1967. She later received her M.S. in Special Education from Minot State University in 1995. Heckaman was a Special Ed Teacher for East Central Special Education from 1985 to 2004.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture
Education

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Heckaman served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Heckaman served on these committees:

Elections

2014

See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Dakota State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 10, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 7, 2014. Incumbent Joan Heckaman was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while John Jacobson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Heckaman and Jacobson will face off in the general election.[1][2]

2010

See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Heckaman won re-election to the North Dakota State Senate District 23, defeating Frank Walker (R).[3] Heckaman was unopposed in the primary election on June 8, 2010.[4]

North Dakota Senate, District 23 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joan Heckaman (D) 2,799 58.29%
Frank Walker (R) 1,998 41.61%

2006

See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Heckaman was elected to the 23rd District Seat in the North Dakota State Senate, besting Preston Meier (R).[5] Heckaman raised $2,550 for his campaign, while Meier raised $5,757.[6]

North Dakota Senate, District 23 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joan Heckaman (D) 2,975
Preston Meier (R) 1,818

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Heckaman received $7,650 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

North Dakota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joan Heckaman's campaign in 2010
North Dakota Senate Democratic-NPL Caucus$1,250
Lignite Energy Council$1,000
DAK PAC$1,000
Boilermakers Local 647$900
Friends Of Byron Dorgan$500
Total Raised in 2010 $7,650

2006

In 2006, Heckaman collected $2,550 in donations.[8]

These were her contributors.

Donor Amount
NORTH DAKOTA SENATE DEMOCRATIC-NPL CAUCUS $1,250
DAK PAC $500
NORTH DAKOTA ASSOCIATION OF RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES $400
BOILERMAKERS LOCAL 647 $400

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in North Dakota

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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.[9] 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.[10] Heckaman received a score of 33.33% on policy legislation and voted against 1.82% of state spending. On policy, Heckaman was ranked 43rd and on spending was ranked 45th, out of 46 Senate members evaluated for the study.[11]

Personal

Heckaman and her husband, Duane, have four children. They currently reside in New Rockford, North Dakota.

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