Randy Burckhard

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Randy Burckhard
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North Dakota State Senate District 5
In office
Term ends
November 31, 2018
Years in position 4
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMinot State University
Place of birthRugby, ND
ProfessionCommunity Relations Manager, SRT Communications, Inc.
Office website
Randy A. Burckhard is a Republican member of the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 5. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Burckhard earned a B.A. from Minot State University. He has worked for SRT Communications Inc. as a manager of community relations. Burckhard has served on the Minot City Council and chaired the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce.

Committee assignments


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

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance and Taxation
Natural Resources


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



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 Randy Burckhard was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Bill Klimpel was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Burckhard defeated Klimpel in the general election.[1][2][3]

North Dakota State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRandy Burckhard Incumbent 72.8% 3,487
     Democratic Bill Klimpel 27.2% 1,305
Total Votes 4,792


See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Burckhard won election to the North Dakota State Senate in the November 2 general election. He defeated Frank Mayer (D).[4]

North Dakota Senate General Election, District 5 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Randy Burckhard (R) 4,055 74.83%
Frank Mayer (D) 1,353 24.97%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Burckhard raised a total of $7,400 in campaign contributions.[5]

His four largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives $1,000
Lignite Energy Council $1,000
North Dakota Association of Realtors $1,000
Marathon Oil $600


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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.[6] 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.[7] Burckhard received a score of 82.82% on policy legislation and voted against 2.79% of state spending. On policy, Burckhard was ranked 7th and on spending was ranked 23rd, out of 46 Senate members evaluated for the study.[8]


Burckhard and his wife, Pat, have three children.

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Preceded by
Tom Seymour (D)
North Dakota State Senate District 5
Succeeded by