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John Grabinger
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North Dakota State Senate District 12
In office
December 1, 2012 - present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
City Councilman
High schoolJamestown High School
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Campaign website
John Grabinger is a Democratic member of the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 12. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Grabinger received his diploma from Jamestown High School. He is the owner of Grabinger Marine.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Grabinger served on the following committees:

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2015
Political Subdivisions


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Grabinger served on the following committees:



See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Grabinger ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota Senate District 12. Grabinger ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12. He defeated Bernie Satrom in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

North Dakota State Senate, District 12, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Grabinger Incumbent 50.7% 2,939
     Republican Bernie Satrom 48.8% 2,831
     Other Write-in 0.5% 30
Total Votes 5,800

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Grabinger is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Grabinger raised a total of $27,930 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 30, 2013.[3]

John Grabinger's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Dakota State Senate, District 12 Won $9,475
2008 North Dakota State Senate, District 12 Defeated $18,455
Grand Total Raised $27,930


Grabinger won election to the North Dakota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Grabinger raised a total of $9,475.


Grabinger lost the election for the North Dakota State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Grabinger raised a total of $18,455.


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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.

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Grabinger and his wife, Debra, have one child. They currently reside in Jamestown, North Dakota.

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Preceded by
North Dakota State Senate District 12
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