Doug Goehring

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Doug Goehring
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North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture
Incumbent
In office
April 2009 - Present
Term ends
2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
PredecessorRoger Johnson (D)
Compensation
Base salary$95,610
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$507,785
AppointedApril 2009
Term limitsNone
Personal
ProfessionFarmer
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Doug Goehring is the North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture. Goehring, a Republican, was appointed to the position in April 2009 and won a full term in November 2010.

Goehring is running for re-election as North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture.[1]

Biography

Goehring is a third-generation farmer. He and his son, Dustin, operate a 2,000-acre, no-till farm near Menoken in south central North Dakota. On their farm, the pair raise corn, soybeans, spring wheat, winter wheat, sunflowers and canola. Before assuming office, Goehring was president and chairman of the board of Nodak Mutual Insurance Company and a director of American Agricultural Insurance Company. He has served as vice president of the North Dakota Farm Bureau and is a member of several statewide and national farm associations. He is also the former director of both the United Soybean Board and the North Dakota Soybean Council, former secretary/treasurer of the North Dakota Grain Growers Association and a member of the USDA's Area 4 Research Farm Steering Committee. Goehring also served previously as president of the Menoken School Board and chairman of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber Agriculture Committee.[2]

Education

  • Attended Bismarck State College
  • Licensed medical laboratory technician

Political career

North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture (2009-Present)

Goehring, a Republican, was appointed as North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture in April 2009 and won a full term in November 2010.

Inappropriate comment

In February 2014, Goehring admitted to making an inappropriate comment, which was investigated by North Dakota Human Resources Department. In an e-mail, Goehring explained how he made a "politically incorrect" comment to his staff. “I spoke and acted in a politically incorrect manner for today’s modern office,” Goehring wrote in the email. “I meant no ill-will. The complaint was fully investigated by the State Human Resources Division and there was not enough substance in the complaint and no action was deemed necessary. After the incident, on my own accord, I participated in appropriate training. It has always been my goal to provide a working environment at the Ag Department where employees feel comfortable doing their work.” Goehring is expected to face a potential primary challenge from Judy Estenson, a farmer and nurse.[3]

Elections

2014

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

Goehring is running for re-election to the office of North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture. Goehring won the Republican nomination in the unopposed primary on June 10. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[1]

Race background

The North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture is one of the three officeholders that sit on the state's Industrial Commission. This commission, among many duties, regulates North Dakota's oil and gas industry.[4] The race for Agriculture Commissioner has taken on a heightened profile due to the recent rush to extract oil and gas from the Bakken shale and the candidates have disagreed over how they will regulate this natural resource boom.

The incumbent, Republican Doug Goehring, has expressed support for an accelerated rate of oil extraction, opposing legislation that might slow down the growth of drilling.[5] In a speech at the state Republican convention he implied support for a balanced approach, saying that "the ties between agriculture and energy have never been more important that they are today," but the North Dakota Farm Bureau endorsed his primary challenger, Judy Estenson.[6] Estenson, who was running to reform the Agriculture Commissioner's office following allegations of mismanagement and harassment, lost the state GOP endorsement and dropped out of the race.[6][7]

Meanwhile, the Democratic challenger, Ryan Taylor, has expressed concern about the consequences of the oil rush. He has said, "You can’t unleash all that oil and then wonder why the train tracks are full of oil tankers and you can’t get grain on from the elevators in North Dakota and get that product to market."[8] Taylor has advocated for greater weight on agricultural considerations; he was described as "the man who’s going to bring balance to the Industrial Commission."[8]


2010

Goehring won election to a full term in the November 2, 2010 election, defeating Democratic candidate Merle Boucher.[9]

North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Goehring Incumbent 68% 157,867
     Democratic Merle Boucher 31.9% 74,143
Total Votes 232,226

2006

On November 7, 2006, Roger Johnson won re-election to the office of North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture. He defeated Doug Goehring (R) in the general election.

North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Johnson Incumbent 55.8% 119,812
     Republican Doug Goehring 44.2% 94,736
Total Votes 214,548
Election Results Via: North Dakota Secretary of State

2004

On November 2, 2004, Roger Johnson won re-election to the office of North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture. He defeated Doug Goehring (R) in the general election.

North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Johnson Incumbent 50.3% 149,917
     Republican Doug Goehring 49.7% 148,039
Total Votes 297,956
Election Results Via: North Dakota Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Goehring is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Goehring raised a total of $507,785 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 20, 2013.[10]

Doug Goehring's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 ND Agriculture Commissioner Not up for election $3,098
2010 ND Agriculture Commissioner Won $198,296
2006 ND Agriculture Commissioner Defeated $184,377
2004 ND Agriculture Commissioner Defeated $122,014
Grand Total Raised $507,785

2010

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Personal

Goehring has three children and four grandchildren. He attends Evangel Assembly of God in Bismarck.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Roger Johnson (D)
North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture
April 2009–present
Succeeded by
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