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Kelly Armstrong
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North Dakota State Senate District 36
Former member
In office
December 1, 2012 - present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
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
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Dakota
J.D.UND School of Law
Place of birthDickinson, ND
ProfessionAttorney - Partner, Reichert Armstrong Law
Office website
Kelly M. Armstrong is a Republican member of the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 36. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Armstrong earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of North Dakota and his J.D. from the University of North Dakota School of Law. Armstrong is currently an attorney and partner at Reichert Armstrong Law.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2015
Energy and Natural Resources
Judiciary, Vice Chairman


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



See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Armstrong ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota Senate District 36. Armstrong ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12. She defeated Rich Brauhn in the general which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

North Dakota State Senate, District 36, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKelly Armstrong 74.5% 5,234
     Democratic Rich Brauhn 25.3% 1,778
     Other Write-in 0.1% 10
Total Votes 7,022

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Armstrong is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Armstrong raised a total of $20,750 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 30, 2013.[3]

Kelly Armstrong's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Dakota State Senate, District 36 Won $20,750
Grand Total Raised $20,750


Armstrong won election to the North Dakota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Armstrong raised a total of $20,750.
North Dakota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kelly Armstrong's campaign in 2012
TN Jordan Jr.$5,000
Jordan, John$5,000
Armstrong, MJ$4,000
Marathon Oil$600
Porter, Dan$500
Total Raised in 2012$20,750
Source:Follow the Money


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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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Energy development

In January 2014, Armstrong questioned the statutory authority of the North Dakota State Industrial Commission to create “special places” exceptions for oil development and advocated for the commission to bring its proposals for a vote to the state legislature.[4] The “special places” exceptions include a proposed list of North Dakota locations in which energy development would face stricter regulatory scrutiny. In a letter to the commission, Armstrong expressed his disapproval of the policy. “Often in North Dakota we condemn regulatory overreach from Federal Agencies,” Armstrong wrote. “Indeed, I have listened as members of this commission have given speeches railing against the overbearing tactics of the EPA and the U.S. Forest Service. However, it appears by the creation of this rule, we are saying that regulatory overreach is fine, as long as it is a North Dakota regulatory agency initiating the rule.”[4] Armstrong was joined by State Representative Roscoe Streyle and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring in opposition to the new regulations. Streyle said he agreed with Armstrong’s letter, saying that the commission should bring the matter to the state legislature for approval.[4]


Armstrong and his wife, Kjersti, have two children. They currently reside in Dickinson, North Dakota.[5]

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Preceded by
George Nodland (R)
North Dakota State Senate District 36
Succeeded by