Tyler Axness

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Tyler Axness
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North Dakota State Senate District 16
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
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorth Dakota State University
Place of birthLeeds, ND
ProfessionPolicy Coordinator, Freedom Resource Center
Office website
Tyler Axness is a Democratic member of the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Axness ran for North Dakota Public Service Commissioner in the special election to fill the remaining two years in the unexpired term.[1] Tyler Axness lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Axness received a bachelor's degree in Political Science from North Dakota State University. He is a communications and policy coordinator for Freedom Resource Center.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2015
Human Services


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



See also: North Dakota state executive official elections, 2014

Axness ran in the special election for the office of North Dakota Public Service Commissioner to fill the remaining two years in the unexpired term . Axness wom the Democratic nomination in the unopposed primary on June 10. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[1]


General election
North Dakota Public Services Commissioner, Special election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJulie Fedorchak Incumbent 66% 156,596
     Democratic Tyler Axness 33.8% 80,319
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 401
Total Votes 237,316
Election Results via North Dakota Secretary of State.


See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Axness ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota Senate District 16. Axness ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12. He defeated David Duff in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

North Dakota State Senate, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTyler Axness 70.5% 6,535
     Republican David Duff 29.2% 2,710
     Other Write-in 0.2% 23
Total Votes 9,268

Campaign themes

Axness has stated that his goals are responsible energy development, investments in higher education, and property tax relief.[4]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Axness is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Axness raised a total of $10,850 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 30, 2013.[5]

Tyler Axness's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Dakota State Senate, District 16 Won $10,850
Grand Total Raised $10,850


Axness won election to the North Dakota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Axness raised a total of $10,850.


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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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Axness currently resides in Fargo, North Dakota.

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Preceded by
North Dakota State Senate District 16
Succeeded by