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Kirsten Baesler
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North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction
In office
January 2, 2013-present
Term ends
Years in position 2
PredecessorWayne Sanstead
President, Mandan Public Schools Board
Base salary$110,192
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$199,038
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Mandan Public Schools Board
Associate'sBismarck State College
Bachelor'sMinot State University
Master'sValley City State University
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Personal website
Campaign website
Kirsten Baesler is the current North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction. She was first elected in 2012 and assumed office on January 2, 2013. While the position is nonpartisan, Baesler is a Republican.[1]


Baesler began her career in public schools as a library assistant. From there she became a library media specialist and an assistant principal in the Bismarck Public School District.[1]


  • Two Associate degrees, Bismarck State College
  • Master's, Education/Library Information Technology, Valley City State University
  • Bachelor's, Education, Minot State University

Political career

North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction (2013-present)

Baesler has served as North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction since January 2, 2013.[1]

Domestic violence arrest

Baesler was arrested and briefly held in the Burleigh County Detention Center on February 15, 2015, for one count of misdemeanor simple assault. The arrest stemmed from a confrontation between Baesler and fiancee Todd Tschosik that left Tschosik with what police described as a "visible injury as well as dried blood on his face."[2] A spokesman for the superintendent's office noted that Baesler was concerned about her safety, indicating that the incident on the 15th was not the first time she felt at risk. Baesler posted a $150 bond on the same day as her arrest and was released from the detention center.[2]

Common Core

Baesler supports the Common Core education standards and is helping to implement them in North Dakota. Baesler has said that the "purpose of the standards is to make sure our students are college and career ready after graduation."[3] In a public meeting hosted by the Bismarck Mandan Chamber of Commerce, Baesler sat with a panel of principals, superintendents and educators to demonstrate the transparency of North Dakota's efforts to follow Common Core. They expressed the efforts North Dakota had made to work with educators and include parents in meeting the new standards. Baesler also noted that she had no power to end the standards and that only the legislature has that power.

In a hearing before the Interim Education Funding Committee, Baesler stated that she had received no complaints from either parents or educators about the new Common Core changes and welcomed further discussion of Common Core to encourage understanding of the standards.[4]

Mandan School Board (2004-2012)

Baesler served on the Mandan School Board from 2004 to December 2012. She was President from 2005 to 2012.[1]



See also: North Dakota down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Baesler won election as North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012. She won Republican Party support during the party's convention, where she defeated Rep. David Monson by a vote of 863-725.[5] Baesler defeated Max Laird and Tracy Potter in the primary on June 12, coming in first.[6] She defeated Potter in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7]

North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKirsten Baesler 55.1% 154,177
     Nonpartisan Tracy Potter 44.6% 124,807
     N/A Write-in 0.4% 1,069
Total Votes 280,053
Election Results via North Dakota Secretary of State.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Baesler is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Baesler raised a total of $199,038 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 20, 2013.[8]

Kirsten Baesler's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 ND Superintendent of Public Instruction Won $199,038
Grand Total Raised $199,038


Baesler won election to the position of North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012. During that election cycle, Baesler raised a total of $199,038.

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Preceded by
Wayne Sanstead
North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction
Succeeded by