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Kirsten Baesler

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Kirsten Baesler
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North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction
In office
January 2, 2013-present
Term ends
Years in position 1
PredecessorWayne Sanstead
President, Mandan Public Schools Board
Base salary$105,954
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$199,038
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Mandan Public Schools Board
Bachelor'sMinot State University
Associate'sBismarck State College
Master'sValley City State University
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Kirsten Baesler is the current North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction. She was first elected in 2012 and assumed office on January 2, 2013. While the position is non-partisan, Baesler is a Republican.[1]


Baesler began her career in public schools as a library assistant. From there she became a library media specialist and an assistant principal in the Bismarck Public School District.[1]


  • Two Associate degrees, Bismarck State College
  • Masters, Education/Library Information Technology, Valley City State University
  • Bachelors, Education, Minot State University

Political career

North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction (2013-present)

Baesler has served as North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction since January 2, 2013.[1]

Mandan School Board (2004-2012)

Baesler served on the Mandan School Board from 2004 to December 2012. She was President from 2005 to 2012.[1]



See also: North Dakota down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Baesler won election as North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012. She won Republican Party support during the party's convention, where she defeated Rep. David Monson by a vote of 863-725.[2] Baesler defeated Max Laird and Tracy Potter in the primary on June 12, coming in first.[3] She defeated Potter in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Non-partisan Green check mark transparent.pngKirsten Baesler 55.1% 154,177
     Non-partisan Tracy Potter 44.6% 124,807
     N/A Write-in 0.4% 1,069
Total Votes 280,053
Election Results via North Dakota Secretary of State.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Baesler is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Baesler raised a total of $199,038 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 20, 2013.[5]

Kirsten Baesler's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 ND Superintendent of Public Instruction Won $199,038
Grand Total Raised $199,038


Baesler won election to the position of North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012. During that election cycle, Baesler raised a total of $199,038.

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Preceded by
Wayne Sanstead
North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction
Succeeded by