Brian Kalk

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Brian Kalk
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North Dakota Public Service Commission
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 7
Base salary$99,435
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2008
Campaign $$184,151
Term limitsN/A
High schoolBottineau High School
Bachelor'sCampbell University
Master'sNorth Dakota State University
Ph.D.North Dakota State University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Marine Corps
Place of birthBottinuea, North Dakota
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Brian Kalk is a Republican member of the North Dakota Public Services Commission. He was first elected to the commission in November 2008.

Kalk ran for re-election to the North Dakota Public Service Commission in the 2014 elections.[1] Brian Kalk won the general election on November 4, 2014.


Kalk was born and raised in Bottineau, North Dakota. Three years after he graduated from Bottineau High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as a communications non-commissioned officer and deployed in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm. While serving, Kalk earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Campbell University in North Carolina, and was selected to attend Officers Candidate School, after which he was commissioned and became a logistics officer.

In June 1999, Kalk was selected to participate in the Marine Corps Advanced Degree Program, returned to North Dakota, and earned a master's degree in environmental engineering from North Dakota State University. He returned to military service after graduating and worked for two years as the base environmental compliance officer at Camp Pendleton, during which time he deployed to both Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

In 2003, he again returned to North Dakota to assume command of the Fargo Military Entrance Processing Station until his retirement. During that time, he earned a doctorate in natural resource management from North Dakota State University. After his retirement, Kalk was hired by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at NDSU, where he taught courses in political science, transportation and logistics, and natural resource management.[2]


  • Bottineau High School
  • Bachelor's degree in political science - Campbell University
  • Master's degree in environmental engineering - North Dakota State University
  • PhD in natural resource management - North Dakota State University

Political career

North Dakota Public Service Commission (2009-present)

Kalk served as the current chairman of the three-member North Dakota Public Services Commission until 2014. He was first elected to the commission in November 2008.



See also: North Dakota down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Kalk ran for re-election to the office of North Dakota Public Service Commissioner. Kalk won the Republican nomination in the unopposed primary on June 10. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[1]


General election
North Dakota Public Services Commissioner, General election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Kalk Incumbent 64.8% 154,409
     Democratic Todd Reisenauer 35.1% 83,557
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 370
Total Votes 238,336
Election Results via North Dakota Secretary of State.


See also: United States House of Representatives elections in North Dakota, 2012

Kalk ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Dakota At-large district.[3] He was defeated by Kevin Cramer in the Republican primary on June 12, 2012. The general election was November 6, 2012.[4]

According to the Washington Post, North Dakota was a battleground district in 2012, with incumbent Rick Berg running for Senate and Republicans duking it out in the primary. Democrat Pam Gulleson vastly outraised the Republican candidates, and had a "fighting chance" in a conservative state.[5][6]

North Dakota's Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Cramer 54.5% 54,405
Brian Kalk 45.5% 45,415
Total Votes 99,820


Kalk defeated Democrat Cheryl Bergian to win election to the North Dakota Public Service Commission on November 4, 2008.

North Dakota Public Service Commission, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Kalk 53.2% 156,221
     Democratic Cheryl Bergian 46.8% 137,682
Total Votes 293,903
Election Results via North Dakota Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kalk is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Kalk raised a total of $184,151 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 20, 2013.[7]

Brian Kalk's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 ND Public Service Commissioner Not up for election $1,000
2010 ND Public Service Commissioner Not up for election $23,315
2008 ND Public Service Commissioner Won $159,836
Grand Total Raised $184,151


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