Governor of North Dakota
|North Dakota Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2011-2013 FY Budget:||$25,291,658|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||North Dakota Constitution, Article V, Section I|
|Assumed office:||December 7, 2010|
|Next election:||November 8, 2016|
|Last election:||November 6, 2012|
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- 1 Current officer
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Vacancies
- 5 Elections
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 History
- 12 Recent news
- 13 Contact information
- 14 See also
- 15 External links
- 16 References
As of October 2014, North Dakota is one of 23 Republican state government trifectas.
Under Article V, Section I:
The executive power is vested in the governor...
A candidate for governor must be:
- at least 30 years old
- a resident of North Dakota for at least five years
- a duly registered elector of North Dakota
- See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled
Details of vacancies are addressed under Article V, Section 11.
The Lieutenant Governor succeeds to the office whenever the office is vacant for any reason.
If the Lieutenant Governor is unable to serve, the Secretary of State serves as Acting Governor until the vacancy is filled or until the governor's disability is removed.
Additionally, under Article V, Section 10, and Governor who asks for or accepts any bribe automatically forfeits the office.
North Dakota elects governors in the Presidential elections, that is, in leap years. For North Dakota, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the fifteenth of December following an election. Thus, December 15, 2012 and December 15, 2016 are inaugural days.
If two candidates are tied after the general election, a special joint session of the legislature shall cast ballots to choose among the two highest vote getters.
- See also: States with gubernatorial term limits
North Dakota governors do not face any term limits.
To view the electoral history dating back to 2000 for the office of Governor/Lt. Governor of North Dakota, Click [show] to expand the section.
The governor has the power to sign and veto laws, and to call the Legislative Assembly into emergency session. The governor is also chairman of the North Dakota Industrial Commission. The governor is responsible for seeing that the state's laws are upheld.
The governor is commander-in-chief of the state's military forces, except when they are called into the service of the United States. The governor may prescribe the duties of the lieutenant governor. Additionally, the governor is responsible for presenting the state budget to the legislative assembly.
Other duties and privileges of the office include:
- Seeing that business of the state is "well administered" (§ 7)
- Addressing the legislature periodically on the state of the North Dakota and making recommendations for legislation (§ 7)
- Granting reprieves, pardons, and commutations and delegating that power within the confines of the law (§ 7)
- Making vacancy appointments to all offices not otherwise provided for, with the consent of the Senate (§ 8)
- Vetoing bills, subject to a two-thirds legislative override (§ 9)
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Role in state budget
- See also: North Dakota state budget
- Budget instruction guidelines are sent to state agencies in March and/or April of the year preceding the start of the new biennium.
- State agencies submit their budget requests to the governor in June and/or July.
- Agency hearings are held from July through October.
- The governor submits his or her proposed budget to the state legislature in the first week of December.
- The legislature typically adopts a budget in April. A simple majority is required to pass a budget. The new biennium begins in July.
The governor is legally required to submit a balanced budget proposal. Likewise, the state legislature is legally required to pass a balanced budget.
Governor's office budget
The budget for the Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2011-2013 was $25,291,658.
In 2013, the governor's salary was increased to $116,999.
There have been 32 governors of North Dakota since 1889. Of the 32 officeholders, 15 were Republican, 6 Democratic, 5 Republican (Nonpartisan League), 2 Republican (Independent Voters Association), 2 Republican Organizing Committee, 1 Independent, and 1 Populist.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1889-Present|
|1||John Miller||1889 - 1891||Republican|
|2||Andrew Horace Burke||1891 - 1893||Republican|
|3||Eli C. D. Shortridge||1893 - 1895||Populist|
|4||Roger Allin||1895 - 1897||Republican|
|5||Frank Arlington Briggs||1897 - 1898||Republican|
|6||Joseph McMurray Devine||1898 - 1899||Republican|
|7||Frederick Bartlett Fancher||1899 - 1901||Republican|
|8||Frank White||1901 - 1905||Republican|
|9||Elmore Yocum Sarles||1905 - 1907||Republican|
|10||John Burke||1907 - 1913||Democratic|
|11||Louis Benjamin Hanna||1913 - 1917||Republican|
|12||Lynn Joseph Frazier||1917 - 1921||Republican (Nonpartisan League)|
|13||Ragnvold Anderson Nestos||1921 - 1925||Republican (Independent Voters Association)|
|14||Arthur Gustav Sorlie||1925 - 1928||Republican (Nonpartisan League)|
|15||Walter Maddock||1928 - 1929||Republican (Nonpartisan League)|
|16||George Frederick Shafer||1929 - 1933||Republican (Independent Voters Association)|
|17||William Langer||1933 - 1934||Republican (Nonpartisan League)|
|18||Ole H. Olson||1934 - 1935||Republican|
|19||Thomas Hilliard Moodie||1935 - 1935||Democratic|
|20||Walter Welford||1935 - 1937||Republican (Nonpartisan League)|
|21||William Langer||1937 – 1939||Independent|
|22||John Moses||1939 - 1945||Democratic|
|23||Fred George Aandahl||1945 - 1951||Republican Organizing Committee|
|24||C. Norman Brunsdale||1951 - 1957||Republican Organizing Committee|
|25||John Edward Davis||1957 - 1961||Republican|
|26||William Lewis Guy||1961 - 1973||Democratic|
|27||Arthur Albert Link||1973 - 1981||Democratic|
|28||Allen Ingvar Olson||1981 - 1985||Republican|
|29||George Albert Sinner||1985 - 1992||Democratic|
|30||Edward Thomas Schafer||1992 - 2000||Republican|
|31||John Hoeven||2000 - 2010||Republican|
|32||Jack Dalrymple||2010 – present||Republican|
Partisan balance 1992-2013
From 1992-2013, in North Dakota there were Democratic governors in office for the first year while there were Republican governors in office for the last 21 years. North Dakota is one of eight states that were run by a Republican governor for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013. North Dakota has been under Republican trifectas for the last 19 years.
Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.
Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states had divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
SQLI and partisanship
The chart below depicts the partisanship of North Dakota's state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. From 1995-2013 North Dakota had Republican trifectas. The state's lowest SQLI rating, finishing 30th, occurred from 1998-1999. In more recent years of the study, North Dakota's rankings improved, moving it into the top-10 from 2009-2012. Its best ranking, finishing 3rd, occurred in 2012.
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Office of the Governor
State of North Dakota
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0001
- Phone: 701.328.2200
- Fax: 701.328.2205
- E-Mail: email@example.com
- Governor: Jack Dalrymple (R)
- Lieutenant Governor: Drew Wrigley (R)
- Attorney General: Wayne Stenehjem (R)
- Auditor of State: Robert Peterson (R)
- Secretary of State: Al Jaeger (R)
- Commissioner of Agriculture: Doug Goehring (R)
- Treasurer of State: Kelly Schmidt (R)
- ValleyNewsLive.com, "Dalrymple to run in 2012," November 1, 2011
- North Dakota Secretary of State Archived Election Results, "Primary Election Results - 1964," accessed March 18, 2014
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "Unofficial results, primary election," accessed June 12, 2012
- Bismark Tribune, "General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "State Experiences with Annual and Biennial Budgeting," updated April 2011
- National Association of State Budget Officers, "Budget Processes in the States, Summer 2008," accessed February 21, 2014
- State of North Dakota, "Legislative Appropriations 2011-2013 Biennium," accessed April 15, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries," June 25, 2013
- National Governors Association, " Former governors of North Dakota," accessed June 21, 2013
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