|Governor of North Dakota|
|Bachelor's||North Dakota State University|
|Birthday||November 6, 1961|
|Place of birth||Fargo, ND|
Sorum, the youngest of four children, was born on November 5, 1961 in Fargo, North Dakota to a high school teacher and an engineer. He studied architecture and CAD, and after graduating from North Dakota State University went on to teach at the University of Southern California. He worked for a number of architectural firms before returning to North Dakota in 1990, and is now the owner and president of Sorum Design-Build.
- B.S., Architecture, North Dakota State University
Sorum originally sought the Republican nomination for Governor of North Dakota in 2012. When incumbent Jack Dalrymple (R) was endorsed at the Republican Party's statewide convention, he withdrew his bid, only to return to the race later by independent nomination. He and running-mate Michael Coachman faced incumbent Jack Dalrymple & Drew Wrigley (R), Ryan Taylor & Ellen Chaffee (D), and Roland Riemers & Anthony Johns (independent nomination). They were defeated by incumbents Dalrymple and Wrigley.
Sorum's campaign website highlighted the following issues:
Spending: "We must limit the growth of State Government if we wish to experience sustained economic growth and provide our children the opportunity to live and work in North Dakota.
- identify all governmentally owned and managed infrastructure
- identify its current condition
- determine its expected life span
- estimate its replacement cost
- identify resources that have been reserved, if any, for its maintenance, improvement and replacement
Life: "Stopping abortion in North Dakota and then in all fifty states."
Fighting Sioux: Sorum advocates the repeal of a law that would repeal the nickname "Fighting Sioux" for the mascot of the University of North Dakota.
Sorum lost the election to the position of Governor of North Dakota in 2012. During that election cycle, Sorum raised a total of $7,169.
|Governor of North Dakota 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Paul Sorum's campaign in 2012|
|Total Raised in 2012||$7,169|
|Source:Follow the Money|
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "Candidate Database 2012 General Election," accessed October 31, 2012
- SorumforGovernor.com, "Meet Paul," accessed February 14, 2012
- Bismark Tribune, "General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
- Sorum for Governor.com, "The issues," accessed February 14, 2012