North Dakota Public Service Commission

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
North Dakota Public Service Commission
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2011-2013 FY Budget:  $19,081,863
Total Seats:  3
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   6 years
Authority:  North Dakota Constitution, Article V, Section 2
Leadership:  Julie Fedorchak (R)
Selection Method:  Elected
Other North Dakota Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture CommissionerInsurance CommissionerNatural Resources CommissionerLabor CommissionerPublic Service CommissionTax Commissioner
The North Dakota Public Service Commission is a three person state executive board in the North Dakota state government. The commission regulates electric and gas utilities, telecommunication companies and railroads, and is responsible for siting energy plant and transmission facilities.

Current officeholder

The current commissioners are chair Julie Fedorchak, Randy Christmann, and Brian Kalk.[1]


The state Constitution establishes the three person public service commission in Article V, Section 2:

The qualified electors of the state at the times and places of choosing members of the legislative assembly shall choose a governor, lieutenant governor, agriculture commissioner, attorney general, auditor, insurance commissioner, three public service commissioners, secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction, tax commissioner, and treasurer. ...


Article V, Section 4 of the North Dakota Constitution establishes the qualifications to hold the office of public service commissioner:

To be eligible to hold an elective office established by this article, a person must be a qualified elector of this state, must be at least twenty-five years of age on the day of the election, and must have been a resident of this state for the five years preceding election to office. To be eligible to hold the office of governor or lieutenant governor, a person must be at least thirty years old on the day of the election. The attorney general must be licensed to practice law in this state.
  • qualified North Dakota voter
  • at least 25 years old
  • a resident of North Dakota for at least the five preceding years


North Dakota state government organizational chart

The commissioners are elected on a statewide basis to staggered six-year terms.

Full History


See also: North Dakota down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Republican incumbent Brian Kalk won re-election on November 4, 2014.

North Dakota Public Services Commissioner, General election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Kalk Incumbent 64.8% 154,409
     Democratic Todd Reisenauer 35.1% 83,557
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 370
Total Votes 238,336
Election Results via North Dakota Secretary of State.
2014 special election
See also: North Dakota down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Republican incumbent Julie Fedorchak won the special election on November 4, 2014.

North Dakota Public Services Commissioner, Special election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJulie Fedorchak Incumbent 66% 156,596
     Democratic Tyler Axness 33.8% 80,319
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 401
Total Votes 237,316
Election Results via North Dakota Secretary of State.


Article V, Section 8 addresses vacancies in state executive offices. In the event of a vacancy, the governor nominates a successor who must be confirmed by the state senate. Once confirmed, the individual serves the remainder of the unexpired term.


The commission is responsible for regulating public utilities. The board is granted jurisdiction over railroads, telecommunications companies, pipelines, electric, and heating companies; grain elevators and warehouses; weights and measures; public auctioneers and auction clerks; the siting of energy plants and transmission facilities; reclamation of mined lands; and all other public utilities working within the state.[2] The specific duties of the commissioners are outlined in Chapter49-01 of the North Dakota Century Code:

The commission does NOT have jurisdiction over:

  • rural electric cooperatives
  • most small telephone companies
  • cable television


The commission has seven divisions:

  • The Abandoned Mine Lands Division manages a program to remove and dispose of hazards related to abandoned mines, investigates abandoned sites, designs reclamation projects, and manages construction projects.
  • The Accounting Division manages the accounting and data processing for the other divisions.
  • The Legal Division provides legal representation, advice and counsel to the commission.
  • The Licensing Division administers the licensing programs for public grain warehouses, grain and hay buyers, and auctioneers and auction clerks.
  • The Public Utility Division assists the commission with regulating electric and natural gas utilities and telecommunications companies. The division also addresses complaints, inquiries, and requests for information about public utilities.
  • The Reclamation Division enforces surface coal mining and reclamation operations state laws.
  • The Testing and Safety Division maintains standards for measuring weight, volume, and length, and also administers the gas pipeline safety programs.[2][3]

State budget

See also: North Dakota state budget and finances

The budget for the Public Service Commission in Fiscal Year 2011-2013 was $19,081,863.[4]


The public service commissioners are each entitled to an annual salary in accordance with Title 49 of the North Dakota Century Code. Taking into account value adjustments, the statute contains compensation figures for the previous and current year only. Title 49, Chapter 1 further states, "All fees received or charged by any commissioner for any act or service rendered in any official capacity must be accounted for and paid over by the commissioner monthly to the state treasurer and must be credited to the general fund of the state."[5]


In 2014, each of the commissioners received a salary of $99,435, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2013, each of the commissioners were paid an estimated $95,611. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[7]


In 2010, each of the commissioners was paid an estimated $85,824 according to the Council of State Governments.[8]

Historical officeholders

Note: Ballotpedia's state executive officials project researches state official websites for chronological lists of historical officeholders. That information for the North Dakota Public Service Commission has not yet been added because the information was unavailable on the relevant state official websites, or we are currently in the process of formatting the list for this office. If you have any additional information about this office for inclusion on this section and/or page, please email us.

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "North + Dakota + Public + Service + Commission

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

North Dakota Public Service Commission News Feed

  • Loading...

Contact information

North Dakota Public Service Commission
600 East Boulevard, Dept. 408
Bismarck, ND 58505-0480

Phone: 701-328-2400
Toll free: 1-877--245-6685
TTY: 1-800-245-6888
Fax: 701-328-2410

See also

External links

Suggest a link