Margaret Sitte

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Margaret Sitte
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North Dakota State Senate District 35
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Dakota State House of Representatives
Associate'sBismarck State College
Bachelor'sNorth Dakota State University
Master'sUniversity of North Dakota
Campaign website
Margaret Sitte is a former Republican member of the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 35 from 2010 to 2014.

Sitte served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 2003 to 2005.


Sitte earned her A.A. from Bismarck State College, her B.S. from North Dakota State University and her M.A. from the University of North Dakota. She has been the owner of Buy-Rite Grocery, an Assistant Director of Community Affairs for the Department of Transportation and an English teacher. In 1993, she began writing a weekly editorial column for the Bismark Tribune.

Committee assignments


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

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013


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


Law enforcement drones

On January 21, 2013, Sitte and Representatives Rick Becker, Dick Anderson, Thomas Beadle, Joe Heilman, Curt Hofstad, David Monson, Karen Rohr, Nathan Toman, and Ben Hanson 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.[1][2] On January 28, the North Dakota House's Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on the bill.[3]

Campaign themes


Sitte's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[4]

On Government

  • Excerpt: "Government is a servant of the people, providing for whatever needs to be done, while regulating people’s lives as little as possible."

On Life

  • Excerpt: "This nation is founded upon the principle of certain inalienable—unalterable—rights, and among these is the right to life."

On Business

  • Excerpt: "A strong business climate is the heartbeat of a state. Businesses provide jobs, tax revenues and prosperity for all. North Dakota’s future is directly linked to lowering taxes so that small businesses can develop and thrive."

On Second Amendment Rights

  • Excerpt: "Hunting and fishing are some of the most fundamental recreational activities in North Dakota, and I fully support the right to bear arms. Then NRA has endorsed me and given me an A+ rating several times."

On the State’s Budget

  • Excerpt: "North Dakota is collecting approximately $300 million in oil taxes per month! Yet oil is a finite resource, and we have seen boom and bust cycles in the past. We must return some of this money to the people in tax cuts; we must build the roads and other infrastructure necessary for a strong economy; and we must save some of this revenue for the future."



See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Dakota State Senate 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 Margaret Sitte was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Erin Oban was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Oban defeated Sitte in the general election.[5][6][7]

North Dakota State Senate, District 35, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngErin Oban 56.8% 3,658
     Republican Margaret Sitte Incumbent 43.2% 2,781
Total Votes 6,439


See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Sitte won election to the North Dakota State Senate in the November 2 general election. She defeated Nick Archuleta (D).[8]

North Dakota Senate General Election, District 35 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Margaret Sitte (R) 3,451 59.47%
Nick Archuleta (D) 2,343 40.38%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Sitte raised a total of $6,750 in campaign contributions.[9]

Her four largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Lignite Energy Council $1,000
North Dakota Republican Senate Caucus $1,000
North Dakota Petroleum Council $750
Marathon Oil $600


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.[10] 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.[11] Sitte received a score of 93.94% on policy legislation and voted against 4.93% of state spending. On policy, Sitte was ranked 6th and on spending was ranked 15th, out of 46 Senate members evaluated for the study.[12]


Sitte and her husband, David, have four children. They currently reside in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tracy Potter (D)
North Dakota State Senate District 35
Succeeded by
Erin Oban (D)