Karen Rohr

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Karen Rohr
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North Dakota House of Representatives District 31
In office
December 1, 2010-Present
Term ends
November 31, 2018
Years in position 5
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Mary
Master'sUniversity of Mary
Ph.D.University of North Dakota
Place of birthMandan, ND
ProfessionNurse Practitioner
Office website
Karen M. Rohr is a Republican member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 31. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Rohr earned her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Mary, her M.S. in Nursing and Nursing Administration from the University of Mary and her Ph.D. in Nursing Research from the University of North Dakota. Her professional experience includes working as a nurse practitioner in rural family clinics and a project coordinator. Rohr is currently the Bioethics and Clinical Research Director at Medcenter One.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2015
Government and Veterans Affairs, Vice Chairman


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


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


Law enforcement drones

On January 21, 2013, Rohr, fellow Representatives Rick Becker, Dick Anderson, Thomas Beadle, Joe Heilman, Curt Hofstad, David Monson, 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]



See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Dakota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held 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. Schmidt and Rohr defeated Allard and Faith in the general election.[5][6][7]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 31, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Rohr Incumbent 34.4% 3,396
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Schmidt Incumbent 33.3% 3,280
     Democratic Mike Faith 16.8% 1,661
     Democratic LaDonna Allard 15.4% 1,523
Total Votes 9,860


See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Rohr won election to the North Dakota House of Representatives in the November 2 general election. Rohr and James Schmidt (R) defeated incumbent James Kerzman (D) and Chad Harrison (D).[8][9]

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, Rohr raised a total of $2,892 in campaign contributions.[10]

Her two campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
North Dakota Republican Senate Caucus $1,892
House Republican Caucus of North Dakota $1,000


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

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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.

  • 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.


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.[11] 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.[12] Rohr received a score of 77.78% on policy legislation and voted against 41.44% of state spending. Rohr was ranked 17th on policy and 4th on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.[13]


Rohr has three children and currently resides in Mandan, North Dakota.

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