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North Dakota State Senate District 1

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North Dakota State Senate District
Current incumbentBrad Bekkedahl Republican Party
Ethnicity0.51% Black (Voting-Age), 1.82% Hispanic (Voting-Age)[1]
Voting age76.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
North Dakota's first state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Brad Bekkedahl.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 15,230 civilians reside within North Dakota's first state senate district.[2] North Dakota state senators represent an average of 14,310 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 13,664 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the North Dakota State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Approximately half of the members are elected to four-year terms every two years. Generally, members from even-numbered districts are elected in U.S. presidential election years (2012, 2008, 2004, etc.) and members from odd-numbered districts are elected in general election years offset by two years from U.S. presidential elections (2010, 2006, 2002, etc.). North Dakota legislators assume office December 1st.


Article 4, Section 5 of the North Dakota Constitution states: State Senators and Representatives must be, on the day of the election, qualified voters in the district from which they are chosen and a resident of the state for one year preceding election to office.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the North Dakota Legislature are paid $152/day during legislative sessions and for attending interim committee meetings. Legislators receive lodging reimbursements up to $1,351/month (vouchered).[5]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

Whenever there is an vacancy in the senate, it must be filled by the district committee of the political party that currently holds the seat. A replacement must be named no later than 21 days after the vacancy. If more than 828 days are remaining in the vacant senator's term, the replacement can serve in a interim basis until the next scheduled general election. It would be up to the Governor to schedule a special election in order to determine a permanent replacement.[6]



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. Barbara Vondell was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Brad Bekkedahl was unopposed in the Republican primary. Vondell withdrew from the race before the general election. Bekkedahl was unchallenged in the general election.[7][8][9]


See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of North Dakota State Senate consisted of a primary election on June 8, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 8, 2010. Incumbent Stanley W. Lyson (R) was unopposed in both the general election and Republican primary.[10][11]

North Dakota State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStanley W. Lyson Incumbent 98.3% 3,396
     Other Write-in 1.7% 58
Total Votes 3,454

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for North Dakota State Senate District 1 have raised a total of $20,234. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $4,047 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, North Dakota State Senate District 1
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $1,500 1 $1,500
2006 $15,659 2 $7,830
2002 $3,075 2 $1,538
Total $20,234 5 $4,047

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