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Lonnie Laffen

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Lonnie Laffen
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North Dakota State Senate District 43
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorth Dakota State University
Office website
Lonnie J. Laffen is a Republican member of the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 43. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Laffen earned his B.A. in Architecture from North Dakota State University. He was the North Dakota State Architect from 2004 to 2008 and chairman of the North Dakota Historic Preservation Review Board. Laffen has operated JLG Architects since its founding in 1985.

Committee assignments


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

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Industry, Business and Labor
Natural Resources


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



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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 7, 2014. Incumbent Lonnie Laffen was unopposed in the Republican primary, while JoNell Bakke was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Bakke and Laffen will face off in the general election.[1][2]


See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Laffen won election to the North Dakota State Senate in the November 2 general election. He defeated incumbent JoNell Bakke (D).[3]

North Dakota Senate General Election, District 43 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lonnie Laffen (R) 2,102 52.80%
JoNell Bakke (D) 1,872 47.02%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Laffen raised a total of $21,870 in campaign contributions.[4]

His six largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
North Dakota Republican Senate Caucus $7,500
Grand Forks Republican Women $2,500
AIA North Dakota PAC $2,295
Magelky, Michael $1,000
Ledohowski, Leo $1,000
Tweten, Craig & Dolly $1,000


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.[5] Laffen received a score of 81.82% on policy legislation and voted against 2.18% of state spending. On policy, Laffen was ranked 24th and on spending was ranked 38th, out of 46 Senate members evaluated for the study.[6]


Laffen and his wife, Pam, have three children. They currently reside in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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Political offices
Preceded by
JoNell Bakke (D)
North Dakota State Senate District 43
Succeeded by