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George B. Sinner

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George B. Sinner
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North Dakota State Senate District 46
In office
December 1, 2012 - present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionBanker, American Federal Bank
Office website
Campaign website
George B. Sinner is a Democratic member of the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 46. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Sinner was also a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the At-Large Congressional District of North Dakota.[1] Sinner ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 10, 2014.[2] He was defeated by incumbent Kevin Cramer (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3]

Sinner is the son of former Governor George Sinner.[4]


Sinner earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of North Dakota. He is an agriculture and business banker and Senior Vice President at American Federal Bank.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Sinner served on the following committees:

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2015
Industry, Business and Labor


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Sinner served on the following committees:



See also: North Dakota's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2014

Sinner ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent North Dakota's At-Large District.[1] Sinner ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 10, 2014. He was defeated by incumbent Kevin Cramer (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3]

U.S. House, North Dakota's At-Large District General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Cramer Incumbent 55.5% 138,100
     Democratic George B. Sinner 38.5% 95,678
     Libertarian Jack Seaman 5.8% 14,531
     Write-in Write-in candidates 0.1% 361
Total Votes 248,670
Source: North Dakota Secretary of State


See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Sinner ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota Senate District 46. Sinner ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12. He defeated incumbent Jim Roers (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

North Dakota State Senate, District 46, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge B. Sinner 52% 3,937
     Republican Jim Roers Incumbent 47.8% 3,619
     Other Write-in 0.2% 13
Total Votes 7,569

Campaign themes

Sinner made flood control the top priority of his campaign.[6]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sinner is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Sinner raised a total of $27,170 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 30, 2013.[7]

George B. Sinner's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Dakota State Senate, District 46 Won $27,170
Grand Total Raised $27,170


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Sinner's reports.[8]

George B. Sinner (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2014$0.00$37,025.00$(3,841.20)$33,183.80
Pre-Primary[10]May 29, 2014$33,183.80$196,550.40$(47,121.55)$182,612.65
Running totals


Sinner won election to the North Dakota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Sinner raised a total of $27,170.


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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.

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  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills impacting North Dakota's business community.


Sinner and his wife, Margaret, have two children.[6] They currently reside in Fargo, North Dakota.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Roers (R)
North Dakota State Senate District 46
Succeeded by