Ronald Sorvaag

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Ronald Sorvaag
Ronald Sorvaag.jpg
North Dakota State Senate District 45
In office
Term ends
November 31, 2018
Years in position 5
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'sConcordia College, 1976
ProfessionPartner, First Choice Apparel and Embroidery
Office website
Ronald Sorvaag is a Republican member of the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 45. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Sorvaag earned his B.A. in Sociology from Concordia College. His professional experience includes owning a small business and partner at First Choice Apparel and Embroidery. Sorvaag also serves as the Commissioner of the Fargo Park District.[1]

Committee assignments


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

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Industry, Business and Labor
Political Subdivisions


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sorvaag 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 Ronald Sorvaag was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Mike Deutsch was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Sorvaag defeated Deutsch in the general election.[2][3][4]

North Dakota State Senate, District 45, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRonald Sorvaag Incumbent 56.4% 2,543
     Democratic Mike Deutsch 43.6% 1,964
Total Votes 4,507


See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Sorvaag won election to the North Dakota State Senate District 45 in the November 2 general election. He defeated incumbent Tom Fiebiger (D).[5]

North Dakota Senate General Election, District 45 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ronald Sorvaag (R) 2,384 56.44%
Tom Fiebiger (D) 1,836 43.47%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Sorvaag raised a total of $10,877 in campaign contributions.[6]

His four largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Currier, Daniel R $2,625
North Dakota Republican Senate Caucus $1,700
Currier, Michelle $1,500
House Republican Caucus of North Dakota $1,152


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

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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.[7] 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.[8] Sorvaag received a score of 81.82% on policy legislation and voted against 2.85% of state spending. On policy, Sorvaag was ranked 13th and on spending was ranked 21st, out of 46 Senate members evaluated for the study.[9]


Sorvaag and his wife, Carla, have two children. They currently reside in Fargo, North Dakota.

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Preceded by
Tom Fiebiger (D)
North Dakota State Senate District 45
Succeeded by