Wayne Stenehjem

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Wayne Stenehjem
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Attorney General of North Dakota
Incumbent
In office
2001 - Present
Term ends
2014
Years in position 13
PartyRepublican
PredecessorHeidi Heitkamp (R)
Compensation
Base salary$138,159
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$740,473
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
North Dakota State Senate
1980-2000
North Dakota House of Representatives
1976-1980
Education
High schoolBismarck High School (1971)
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Dakota (1974)
Associate'sBismarck State College (1972)
J.D.University of North Dakota Law School (1977)
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 2, 1953
Place of birthMohall, North Dakota
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Wayne Stenehjem (born February 5, 1953, in Mohall, North Dakota) is the 29th and current Attorney General of North Dakota. A Republican, he was first elected in 2000, and was subsequently re-elected in 2004, 2006, and 2010, making him the longest serving attorney general in state history.[1] Most recently re-elected on November 2, 2010, Stenehjem easily defeated attorney Jean Boechler (D) by a margin of 74.6 percent to 25.3 percent.[2]

Among his accomplishments in office Stenehjem lists making drug enforcement a priority, launching the state's sex offender website, initiating the statewide Retailer Meth Watch program, and establishing the state's Do Not Call list.[1] He was one of the first ten Republican Attorneys General who questioned the constitutionality of the federal Affordable Care Act after its passage in 2009. He joined the state in a lawsuit against the legislation, calling it "a very solid case."[3]

Stenehjem is running for re-election as North Dakota Attorney General.[4]

Stenehjem previously served in both chambers of the North Dakota Legislature. He was a member of the House from 1976-1980 and the Senate from 1980-2000.[1]

Biography

Stenehjem was born and raised in Mohall, North Dakota. He attended Bismark High School, and remained in state following graduation to pursue higher eduction. He received an associate's degree from Bismark State College, and both his bachelor's degree and law degree from University of North Dakota. Stenehjem spent his summers as a law student clerking at The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia for the USAF Court of Military Review and later, working for the University of North Dakota Legal Aid Association.

Immediately after graduating from law school in 1977, Stenehjem was admitted to the North Dakota Bar and became a partner in the private practice law firm, Kuchara, Stenehjem and Walberg.[5]

Other roles:

  • Board of University and School Lands
  • Chair, Drug and Alcohol Commission
  • Advisory Board, Judicial Council and Pardon
  • Charter member, Pi Kappa Phi

Education

  • Bismarck High School (1971)
  • AA, Bismarck State College (1972)
  • BA, University of North Dakota (1974)
  • JD, University of North Dakota Law School (1977)

Political career

North Dakota Attorney General (2001-present)

Issues

Healthcare reform
See also: State Attorneys General Against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010

In the wake of the historic passage of President Barack Obama's health care reform legislation on Christmas Eve in 2009, Stenehjem announced that he was one of ten Republican Attorneys General questioning not only the constitutionality of a specific controversial provision within the Senate version of the bill, but also exploring potential legal challenges to the measure as well. The North Dakota Attorney General said he was "participating in an inquiry about possible incentives offered to Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson to support a health care measure in the U.S. Senate."[6] The arrangement, which garnered Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid the necessary sixty votes needed to pass the measure, gave Nebraska exemption from its share of the Medicaid expansion, "a carve out that is expected to cost the federal government $100 million over 10 years."[7]

North Dakota State Senate (1980-2000)

Stenehjam served in the state house for two terms before becoming a member of the North Dakota Senate representing the 42nd District in 1980. In the twenty years in which he was a state senator, Stenehjem chaired the State Judiciary Committee and was present on the Budget Committee on Institutional Services as well as the committees for Criminal Justice and Legislative Council.

North Dakota State House (1976-1980)

A year before earning his law degree from the University of North Dakota, Stenehjem was elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives. He served in the chamber from 1976 through 1980.

Elections

2014

See also: North Dakota attorney general election, 2014

Stenehjem is running for re-election to the office of North Dakota Attorney General. Stenehjem is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on June 10. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[4]

2010

See also: North Dakota Attorney General election, 2010
Wayne Stenehjem for Attorney General Campaign logo

On November 2, 2010, Wayne Stenehjem won re-election to the office of North Dakota Attorney General. He defeated Jeanette Boechler (D) in the general election.

North Dakota Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWayne Stenehjem Incumbent 74.6% 175,627
     Democratic Jeanette Boechler 25.4% 59,781
     Write-In Various 0.1% 174
Total Votes 235,582
Election Results Via: North Dakota Secretary of State

  • Wayne Stenehjem ran unopposed in this contest

2006

On November 7, 2006, Wayne Stenehjem won re-election to the office of North Dakota Attorney General. He defeated Bill Brudvik (D-NPL) in the general election.

North Dakota Attorney General, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWayne Stenehjem Incumbent 68.9% 148,194
     Democratic Bill Brudvik 31.1% 67,032
Total Votes 215,226
Election Results Via: North Dakota Secretary of State
  • Wayne Stenehjem ran unopposed in this contest

2004

On November 2, 2004, Wayne Stenehjem won re-election to the office of North Dakota Attorney General. He defeated Bruce Schoenwald (D-NPL) in the general election.

North Dakota Attorney General, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWayne Stenehjem Incumbent 72.5% 218,627
     Democratic Bruce Schoenwald 27.5% 82,768
Total Votes 301,395
Election Results Via: North Dakota Secretary of State
  • Wayne Stenehjem ran unopposed in this contest

2000

On November 7, 2000, Wayne Stenehjem won re-election to the office of North Dakota Attorney General. He defeated Glenn Pomeroy (D-NPL) in the general election.

North Dakota Attorney General, 2000
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWayne Stenehjem Incumbent 55.7% 157,986
     Democratic Glenn Pomeroy 44.3% 125,466
Total Votes 283,452
Election Results Via: North Dakota Secretary of State
  • Wayne Stenehjem ran unopposed in this contest

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Stenehjem is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Stenehjem raised a total of $740,473 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 20, 2013.[12]

Wayne Stenehjem's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 ND Attorney General Not up for election $1,900
2010 ND Attorney General Won $179,945
2008 ND Attorney General Not up for election $4,050
2006 ND Attorney General Won $128,774
2004 ND Attorney General Won $201,353
2002 ND Attorney General Not up for election $5,050
2000 ND Attorney General Won $219,401
Grand Total Raised $740,473

2004-2010

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Personal

Stenehjem currently resides in Grand Forks, North Dakota with his wife, Beth Bakke, and their son, Andrew. He is the brother of North Dakota State Senate Majority Leader, Bob Stenehjem.[14]

Awards

  • Champion of the People's Right to Know Award (1979) from the Sigma Delta Chi Professional Journalists
  • Outstanding State Legislators (1982) from the National Assembly of Government Employees
  • Friend of Psychology Award (1990) from the North Dakota Association of Psychologists
  • Excellence in County Government Award (1991) from the North Dakota Association of Counties
  • Legislative Excellence Award (1995) from the North Dakota Bar Association

Contact Information

Capitol Address:
North Dakota

Office of Attorney General
State Capitol
600 E. Boulevard Ave.
Dept. 125
Bismarck, ND 58505

Phone: (701) 328-2210
Toll Free Phone: (800) 366-6888
E-mail: ndag@state.nd.us

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Political offices
Preceded by
Heidi Heitkamp (R)
North Dakota Attorney General
2000–present
Succeeded by
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