Rich Wardner

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Rich Wardner
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North Dakota State Senate District 37
Incumbent
In office
1998-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 16
PartyRepublican
Leadership
State Senate Majority Leader
2013 - present
Compensation
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Dakota State House of Representatives
1991-1997
Education
Bachelor'sDickinson State University
Master'sNorthern State University
Personal
ProfessionTeacher
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Rich Wardner is a Republican member of the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 37. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998. Wardner serves as State Senate Majority Leader in the 2013 session. In the 2011 regular session, he served as President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

On September 6, 2011, Wardner was selected as the North Dakota State Senate Majority Leader for a special session. Wardner replaced Bob Stenehjem, who was killed in a car accident earlier in the year.[1]

Wardner served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1991 to 1997.

Biography

Wardner earned his B.S. from Dickinson State University. He later received his M.S. from Northern State University. Wardner is a Math/Chemistry Teacher at Dickinson High School.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Wardner has not been assigned to any standing committees as of January 31, 2013[2]

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Wardner served on this committee:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Wardner served on this committee:

Elections

2014

See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Dakota State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 10, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 7, 2014. Incumbent Rich Wardner was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Keith Fernsler was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Fernsler withdrew from the race before the general election. Wardner is unchallenged in the general election.[3][4]

2010

See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Wardner won re-election to the 37th District seat in 2010. He was unopposed in the primary and was unchallenged in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5][6]

North Dakota Senate General Election, District 37 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rich Wardner (R) 4,064 98.98%
Write-in 42 1.02%

2006

See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Wardner was re-elected to the 73rd District Seat in the North Dakota State Senate, besting Chad Berger (D).[7] Wardner raised $4,767 for his campaign, while Berger did not raise any money.[8]

North Dakota Senate, District 37 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rich Wardner (R) 2,944
Chad Berger (D) 1,518

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Wardner received $4,025 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

North Dakota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rich Wardner's campaign in 2010
North Dakota Association Of Realtors$1,000
Marathon Oil$600
North Dakota Chiropractic Association$500
North Dakota Long Term Care Association$500
North Dakota Association Of Rural Electric Cooperatives$400
Total Raised in 2010 $4,025

2006

In 2006, Wardner collected $4,767 in donations.[10]

These were the largest contributors.

Donor Amount
NORTH DAKOTA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS $667
NORTH DAKOTA ASSOCIATION OF TELEPHONE COOPERATIVES $500
NORTH DAKOTA LIGNITE COUNCIL $500
MARATHON OIL $500
ARMSTRONG, M.J. $500

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in North Dakota

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2013-2014

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.

2011-2012

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.[11] 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.[12] Wardner received a score of 81.82% on policy legislation and voted against 2.45% of state spending. On policy, Wardner was ranked 17th and on spending was ranked 28th, out of 46 Senate members evaluated for the study.[13]

Personal

Wardner and his wife, Kathleen, have two children. They currently reside in Dickinson, North Dakota.

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Preceded by
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North Dakota State Senate District 37
1998–present
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