Todd Porter

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Todd Porter
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North Dakota House of Representatives District 34
Incumbent
In office
1998 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 16
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Personal
BirthdayNovember 17, 1960
Place of birthBismarck, ND
ProfessionParamedic
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Todd Porter (b. November 17, 1960) is a Republican member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 34. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

Biography

Porter completed the Century College Parademic Program and the American Ambulance Association Management program. His professional experience includes working as a paramedic and co-owner of Metro Area Ambulance Service, Incorporated.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy and Natural Resources
Human Services

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Porter served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Porter served on the following committee:

Issues

Conservation projects

In January 2014, Porter introduced legislation to create the Outdoor Heritage Fund, a $30 million biennium program to use oil tax revenue for conservation projects overseen by Governor Jack Dalrymple. Unexpectedly, the fund’s board received numerous requests to fund full-time employees of conservation groups, a development that surprised Porter. Porter stated that part of the motivation for the change is conservation groups wanting their operations funded by tax dollars. “The ones that really surprised me were the research and development requests from the universities,” he said. “I don’t think that we ever intended the fund to be used for those.”[2]

Elections

2012

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Porter ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota Senate District 34. Porter and candidate Nathan P. Toman defeated incumbent Rae Ann Kelsch in the Republican primary on June 12. They went on to defeated Lori Furaus and Sid Kadrmas in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 34 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Porter Incumbent 32.7% 3,954
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNathan Toman 29.7% 3,594
     Democratic Lori Furaus 20.5% 2,483
     Democratic Sid Kadrmas 17.1% 2,071
Total Votes 12,102
North Dakota House of Representatives District 34 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTodd K. Porter Incumbent 44.7% 1,916
Green check mark transparent.pngNathan P. Toman 35.7% 1,529
Rae Ann Kelsch Incumbent 19.6% 839
Total Votes 4,284

2008

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Porter won election by finishing 2nd out of 4 candidates for District 34 of the North Dakota House of Representatives.[5]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 34
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Todd Porter (R) 3,912
Green check mark transparent.png Rae Ann Kelsch (R) 3,929
Rob Tausend (D-NPL) 3,090
Brent Veil (D-NPL) 2,792

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Porter is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Porter raised a total of $19,700 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 29, 2013.[6]

Todd Porter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Dakota State House, District 34 Won $11,100
2010 North Dakota State House, District 34 Not up for election $0
2008 North Dakota State House, District 34 Won $4,700
2006 North Dakota State House, District 34 Not up for election $0
2004 North Dakota State House, District 34 Won $2,325
2000 North Dakota State House, District 34 Won $1,325
1998 North Dakota State House, District 34 Won $250
Grand Total Raised $19,700

2012

Porter won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Porter raised a total of $11,100.
North Dakota State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Todd Porter's campaign in 2012
Lignite Energy Council$1,000
North Dakota Petroleum Council$950
Bismarck-Mandan Board of Realtors$900
Marathon Oil$600
North Dakota Long Term Care Association$600
Total Raised in 2012$11,100
Source:Follow the Money

2008

Porter won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2011. During that election cycle, Porter raised a total of $4,700.

2004

Porter won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2004. During that election cycle, Porter raised a total of $2,325.

2000

Porter won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2000. During that election cycle, Porter raised a total of $1,325.

1998

Porter won election to the North Dakota State House in 1998. During that election cycle, Porter raised a total of $250.

Scorecards

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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.[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] Porter received a score of 44.58% on policy legislation and voted against % of state spending. Porter was ranked 13.94 on policy and 15th on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.[9]

Personal

Porter and his wife, Shirley, have two children. They currently reside in Mandan, North Dakota.[1]

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