Governor of North Dakota
|North Dakota Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2011-2013 FY Budget:||$25,291,658|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||North Dakota Constitution, Article V, Section I|
|Assumed office:||December 7, 2010|
|Next election:||November 8, 2016|
|Last election:||November 6, 2012|
|Other North Dakota Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission • Tax Commissioner|
Under Article V, Section I:
The executive power is vested in the governor...
A candidate for governor must be:
- at least 30 years old
- a resident of North Dakota for at least five years
- a duly registered elector of North Dakota
North Dakota elects governors in the Presidential elections, that is, in leap years. For North Dakota, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the fifteenth of December following an election. Thus, December 15, 2012 and December 15, 2016 are inaugural days.
If two candidates are tied after the general election, a special joint session of the legislature shall cast ballots to choose among the two highest vote getters.
Incumbent Jack Dalrymple (R) ran for election to a full, four-year term in 2012. His running mate was Drew Wrigley, his current lieutenant governor. In the general election in November, they defeated Democrats Ryan Taylor & Ellen Chaffee and two pairs of independent nominees, Roland Riemers & Anthony Johns and Paul Sorum & Michael Coachman.
|Governor/Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Jack Dalrymple & Drew Wrigley Incumbent||63.1%||200,525|
|Democratic||Ryan Taylor & Ellen Chaffee||34.3%||109,048|
|independent||Paul Sorum & Michael Coachman||1.7%||5,356|
|independent||Roland Riemers & Anthony Johns||0.8%||2,618|
|Election Results via North Dakota Secretary of State.|
- See also: States with gubernatorial term limits
North Dakota governors do not face any term limits.
- See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled
Details of vacancies are addressed under Article V, Section 11.
The Lieutenant Governor succeeds to the office whenever the office is vacant for any reason.
If the Lieutenant Governor is unable to serve, the Secretary of State serves as Acting Governor until the vacancy is filled or until the governor's disability is removed.
Additionally, under Article V, Section 10, and Governor who asks for or accepts any bribe automatically forfeits the office.
The governor has the power to sign and veto laws, and to call the Legislative Assembly into emergency session. The governor is also chairman of the North Dakota Industrial Commission. The governor is responsible for seeing that the state's laws are upheld.
The governor is commander-in-chief of the state's military forces, except when they are called into the service of the United States. The governor may prescribe the duties of the lieutenant governor. Additionally, the governor is responsible for presenting the state budget to the legislative assembly.
Other duties and privileges of the office include:
- Seeing that business of the state is "well administered" (§ 7)
- Addressing the legislature periodically on the state of the North Dakota and making recommendations for legislation (§ 7)
- Granting reprieves, pardons, and commutations and delegating that power within the confines of the law (§ 7)
- Making vacancy appointments to all offices not otherwise provided for, with the consent of the Senate (§ 8)
- Vetoing bills, subject to a two-thirds legislative override (§ 9)
The budget for the Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2011-2013 was $25,291,658.
Partisan balance 1992-2013
From 1992-2013, in North Dakota there were Democratic governors in office for the first year while there were Republican governors in office for the last 21 years. North Dakota is one of eight states that were run by a Republican governor for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013. North Dakota has been under Republican trifectas for the last 19 years.
Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.
Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
Office of the Governor
State of North Dakota
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0001
- Phone: 701.328.2200
- Fax: 701.328.2205
- E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple
- Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
- Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley
- North Dakota Attorney General
- North Dakota Secretary of State
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