Heidi Heitkamp

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Heidi Heitkamp
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U.S. Senate, North Dakota
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 2
PredecessorKent Conrad (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 2018
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Dakota Attorney General
Tax Commissioner
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Dakota
J.D.Lewis & Clark Law School
Date of birthOctober 30, 1955
Place of birthMantador, North Dakota
Net worth$3,499,544
Office website
Campaign website
Heidi Heitkamp is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of North Dakota. She was first elected in 2012.[1]


  • 2001-present: Dakota Gasification, director
  • 1992-2000: North Dakota attorney general
  • 1986-1992: North Dakota insurance commissioner
  • 1981-1986: North Dakota Tax Commissioner Office, attorney
  • 1980-1981: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, attorney[2]


  • Bachelor's degree, University of North Dakota
  • Juris doctorate, Lewis & Clark Law School[2]

Committee Memberships

U.S. Senate


Heitkamp serves on the following Senate committees[3]:



See also: United States Senate elections in North Dakota, 2012

Heitkamp defeated Republican candidate Rick Berg in the general election.[4] Heitkamp ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing North Dakota. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary June 12. The general election was November 6, 2012.[5]

U.S. Senate, North Dakota General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHeidi Heitkamp 50.5% 161,337
     Republican Rick Berg 49.5% 158,401
Total Votes 319,738
Source: North Dakota Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


A Hero like Charlie Weichel

A Hero like Charlie Weichel'"[6]

Pee Wee

Pee Wee[7]

Twelve Years

Twelve Years"[8]

Gas Plant

Gas Plant"[9]



Heidi's North Dakota

Heidi's North Dakota"[11]


2012 Election

A DFM Research poll, conducted July 24-26, 2012 for the state's Democratic Party, showed Heitkamp leading GOP candidate Rick Berg by six points.[12] A Rasmussen poll, conducted July 10-11, 2012, showed Heitkamp trailing GOP candidate Rick Berg by nine points.[13]

North Dakota's Senate elections, 2012
Poll Rick Berg (R) Heidi Heitkamp (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size

(July 24-26, 2012)


(July 10-11, 2012)

AVERAGES 46.5% 45% 4% +/-4.95 400
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

US Senate in North Dakota, General election candidates
Poll Rick Berg Heidi HeitkampOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Valley News Live/ Mason-Dixon Poll (October 3-5, 2012)
Forum Communications (October 12-15, 2012)
Rassmussen Reports (October 23, 2012)
Pharos Research Group
(October 26-28, 2012)
NBC North Dakota News/ Mason-Dixon
(October 26-28,2012)
AVERAGES 48.34% 45.38% 1% 3.68% +/-3.96 620.4
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hietkamp is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Hietkamp raised a total of $5,638,438 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[14]

Heidi Heitkamp's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. Senate (North Dakota) Won $5,638,438
Grand Total Raised $5,638,438

Breakdown by Year


Breakdown of the source of Heitkamp's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Heitkamp won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Heitkamp's campaign committee raised a total of $5,638,438 and spent $5,493,544.[15]


Specific votes

Expanded background checks on gun sales

Nay3.png On April 17, 2013, the U.S. Senate took a vote on and defeated a measure that would have expanded federal background checks for firearms purchases.[16] The vote was 54-46, with supporters falling six votes short of the required 60-vote threshold.[17] Heitkamp was one of the 4 Democratic Senators who voted against the amendment.[18]

Political Positions

Gay Marriage

Sen. Heitkamp has stated that she believes it should be an issue resolved by the states, and previously had not enunciated a position further than that.[19]

On April 5, 2013 Heitkamp emailed a statement to press outlets switching her position to one of endorsing same-sex marriage.[20] In the statement she said, “In speaking with North Dakotans from every corner of our great state, and much personal reflection, I have concluded the federal government should no longer discriminate against people who want to make lifelong, loving commitments to each other or interfere in personal, private, and intimate relationships.I view the ability of anyone to marry as a logical extension of this belief. The makeup of families is changing, but the importance of family is enduring.”[20]


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Heitkamp missed 1 of 96 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Apr 2013, which is 1.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[21]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Heitkamp's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,856,088 to $5,143,000. That averages to $3,499,544, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450.[22]


Heitkamp is married to her husband Darwin. Together, they have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kent Conrad (D)
U.S. Senate - North Dakota
Succeeded by
Preceded by
North Dakota Attorney General
Succeeded by