Wesley Belter

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Wesley Belter
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North Dakota House of Representatives District 22
Incumbent
In office
1984 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 30
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Majority Leader, North Dakota State House of Representatives
2000 - 2002
Compensation
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1984
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNorth Dakota State University
Master'sNorth Dakota State University
Military service
Service/branchNorth Dakota Air National Guard
Personal
ProfessionFarmer
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Wesley R. Belter is a Republican member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 22. He was first elected to the chamber in 1984.

Biography

Belter earned his B.S. and M.S. in Agriculture Economics from North Dakota State University. His professional experience includes working as a farmer. Belter served in the North Dakota Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Belter served on the following committees:

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture
Finance and Taxation

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Belter served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Belter served on the following committee:

Elections

2012

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Belter ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota Senate District 22. Belter and Peter F. Silbernagel ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12. They defeated Allan Peterson in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Vonnie Pietsch (R) is not running for re-election.[2][3]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 22 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Silbernagel 37.1% 4,052
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWesley Belter Incumbent 34.4% 3,750
     Democratic Allan Peterson 28.5% 3,114
Total Votes 10,916

2008

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Belter won election by finishing 1st out of 4 candidates for District 22 of the North Dakota House of Representatives.[4]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 22
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Wesley Belter (R) 2,718
Green check mark transparent.png Vonnie Pietsch (R) 4,199
Keith Gohdes (D-NPL) 4,108
Allan C Peterson (D-NPL) 3,816

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Belter is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Belter raised a total of $15,763 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 29, 2013.[5]

Wesley Belter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Dakota State House, District 22 Won $6,700
2010 North Dakota State House, District 22 Not up for election $0
2008 North Dakota State House, District 22 Won $4,701
2006 North Dakota State House, District 22 Not up for election $0
2004 North Dakota State House, District 22 Won $2,312
2000 North Dakota State House, District 22 Won $1,150
1998 North Dakota State House, District 22 Won $900
Grand Total Raised $15,763

2012

Belter won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Belter raised a total of $6,700.
North Dakota State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Wesley Belter's campaign in 2012
North Dakota Association of Realtors$1,000
Lignite Energy Council$1,000
North Dakota Petroleum Council$750
North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives$600
Independent Community Banks of North Dakota$500
Total Raised in 2012$6,700
Source:Follow the Money

2008

Belter won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2011. During that election cycle, Belter raised a total of $4,701.

2004

Belter won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2004. During that election cycle, Belter raised a total of $2,312.

2000

Belter won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2000. During that election cycle, Belter raised a total of $1,150.

1998

Belter won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 1998. During that election cycle, Belter raised a total of $900.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in North Dakota

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2013-2014

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.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills impacting North Dakota's business community.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in regular session from January 4 through April 28. A special session was called by Governor Jack Dalrymple from November 7 through 12 to cover legislative redistricting and disaster relief.[6] In 2012, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored on how they voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to women's issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

NDPC: North Dakota Legislative Review

See also: North Dakota Policy Council: North Dakota Legislative Review

The North Dakota Policy Council, a North Dakota-based nonprofit research organization which describes itself as "liberty-based", published the North Dakota Legislative Review, a comprehensive report on how state legislators voted during the 2011 legislative session. The scorecard seeks to show how North Dakota legislators voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote. The Council recorded and scored votes on both spending bills and policy bills, and awarded points accordingly. Policy issues voted upon included income tax cuts, pension reform, and government transparency. On spending legislation, the Council accorded a percentage score based on how much spending the legislator voted against. On policy legislation, scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Council.[7] Belter received a score of 72.5% on policy legislation and voted against 10.93% of state spending. Belter was ranked 23rd on policy and 23rd on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.[8]

Personal

Belter and his wife, Judy, have three children. They currently reside in Fargo, North Dakota.[1]

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