Curtis Olafson

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Curtis Olafson
Senator Olafson.jpg
North Dakota State Senate District 10
Former member
In office
2008 - 2012
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Base salary$148/day
Per diemUp to $1,040/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorth Dakota State University
Office website
Personal website
Curtis Olafson is a former Republican member of the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 10 from his appointment in 2006 to 2012.

Curtis Olafson's professional experience includes farming, ranching, and earthmoving construction.

Curtis Olafson earned his Bachelor's Degree at North Dakota State University.

Curtis Olafson is currently involved with a number of organizations, including the Icelandic Communities Association, the Logberg Heimskringla Icelandic Newspaper, the Logberg Heimskringla United States of America, the Mountain Community Center Capital Campaign Committee and the Thingvalla Cemetery Association.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Olafson served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Olafson served on these committees:



2012 Walsh County Pro Life survey

A controversy ensued after Walsh County Pro Life changed Olafson's answers to its 2012 political survey. The group reversed several of Olafson's pro-life responses, arguing that his answers contradicted his voting record. The group noted the changes on the survey, but Olafson disputes their interpretation of his record. Olafson stated, "I have voted for every reasonable piece of pro-life legislation that has come before me and will continue to do so in the future."[1]



See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Olafson ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota Senate District 10. Olafson was defeated by former District 16 incumbent Joe Miller in the Republican primary on June 12. Daryl Passa ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

North Dakota State Senate District 10 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Miller 59.8% 2,002
Curtis Olafson Incumbent 40.2% 1,345
Total Votes 3,347


Sen Curtis Olafson discusses his support of the National Debt Relief Amendment

On November 4, 2008, Olafson was re-elected to the 10th District Seat in the North Dakota State Senate, besting Paul Bonaime (D). [4] Olafson raised $8,851 for his campaign, while Bonaime raised $18,200. [5]

North Dakota Senate, District 10 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Curtis Olafson (R) 3,235
Paul Bonaime (D) 2,241

Campaign donors


In 2008, Olafson collected $8,851 in donations.[6]

These were the largest contributors.

Donor Amount


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] Olafson received a score of 81.82% on policy legislation and voted against 9.94% of state spending. On policy, Olafson was ranked 10th and on spending was ranked 7th, out of 46 Senate members evaluated for the study.[8]


Curtis Olafson is married to Bjork Eiriksdottir and has five children, three of which are step-children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
North Dakota State Senate District 10
Succeeded by
John Grabinger