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John Hoeven
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U.S. Senate, North Dakota
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
PredecessorByron L. Dorgan (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$3,801,481
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Governor, State of North Dakota
Chair, District 47 North Dakota Republican Party
Bachelor'sDartmouth College (1979)
Master'sNorthwestern University (1981)
Date of birthMarch 13, 1957
Place of birthBismarck, ND
ProfessionBanking Executive
Net worth$37,115,538
Office website
John Hoeven (b. March 13, 1957, in Bismarck, North Dakota) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of North Dakota. Hoeven has served in this position since January 3, 2011 and is currently in his first term. He was elected to the Senate in 2010, having defeated Democratic-Nonpartisan League candidate Tracy Potter and Libertarian Keith J. Hanson in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Hoeven's seat will come up for election again in 2016 and his term expires January 3, 2017.

Prior to joining the U.S. Senate, Hoeven spent ten years serving as North Dakota's 31st governor. When Hoeven ran for, and won, election to Congress, he was still in the middle of his third term as governor. In order to assume his Senate seat, he had to resign the governor's post. The vacancy created by Hoeven's transition out of the state's chief executive office activated the lieutenant governor's duty as first in the line of succession. Fellow Republican Jack Dalrymple -- Hoeven's running-mate in 2000, 2004 and 2008 -- officially took over as governor in January 2011. Dalrymple went on to win a full term in the office in 2012.[1]

Hoeven's professional background includes over a decade as a bank executive. Most notably, he spent the seven years leading up to his election as governor in the role of president and CEO of the Bank of North Dakota.[2] Until his major debut on the state government stage during his successful 2000 gubernatorial campaign, Hoeven's career and name were tied predominantly to his work in the private sector. However, from 1998-2000, Hoeven boosted his political profile through his service as 47th District chair of the North Dakota Republican Party.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Hoeven is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.


Hoeven was born in Bismarck, North Dakota. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a Master's degree from Northwestern University.[2]

After graduating from Northwestern in 1981, Hoeven entered the private sector work force. In 1986, he began a nearly fifteen year career as a banking executive. Hoeven spent six years as executive vice president for First Western Bank. He went on to hold the title of president and CEO of the Bank of North Dakota. Hoeven left the latter post in 2000 in order to become Governor of North Dakota. He served 10 years in the governorship before his election to the U.S. Senate.[2]

From 1998-2000, prior to his first election to statewide political office, Hoeven served as chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party's 47th District.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Hoeven's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1979: Graduated from Dartmouth College
  • 1981: Earned Master's from Northwestern University
  • 1986-1993: Executive Vice President of First Western Bank
  • 1993-2000: President/Chief Executive Officer of Bank of North Dakota
  • 2000-2010: Governor of North Dakota
  • 2011-Present: U.S. Senator

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Hoeven serves on the following Senate committees:[4]

  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agricultural Research
    • Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation
    • Subcommittee on Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management
  • Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
    • Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
  • Energy and Natural Resources
    • Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
    • Subcommittee on National Parks
    • Subcommittee on Energy
  • Indian Affairs


Hoeven served on the following Senate committees:[5]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to Hoeven's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

Iranian sanctions support

Voted "Yes" Hoeven voted in support of S Res 65 - A resolution strongly supporting the full implementation of United States and international sanctions on Iran and urging the President to continue to strengthen enforcement of sanctions legislation. The resolution passed in the Senate by a vote of 99-0 on May 22, 2013.[8]

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "No" Hoeven voted in opposition of the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 63-34 on March 7, 2013. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[9]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Hoeven plans to donate his pay from the shutdown to charity.[10]

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[11] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Hoeven voted with the Republican Party for the bill.[12]

Student loan interest rates

Voted "Yes" Hoeven voted in support of HR 1911 - To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to establish interest rates for new loans made on or after July 1, 2013. The bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 81-18 on July 24, 2013. The purpose of the bill was to set interest rates for student loans retroactively. Some Democrats split on the bill.[13]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Hoeven voted in support of HR 325 - A bill to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until May 19, 2013, and for other purposes. The bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 64-34 on January 31, 2013. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[14]


Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "Yes" Hoeven voted in support of Thune Amdt. No. 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment failed in the Senate by a vote of 39-54 on June 18, 2013. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[15]


Defund Affordable Care Act

Voted "Yes" Hoeven voted in support of Cruz Amdt. No. 30 - To prohibit the use of funds to carry out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment failed in the Senate by a vote of 45-52 on March 13, 2013. The purpose of the amendment was to block funding for the healthcare program. Voting was split along party lines.[16]

Social issues

Background checks on gun sales

Voted "No" Hoeven voted in opposition of Manchin Amdt. No. 715 - To protect Second Amendment rights, ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and provide a responsible and consistent background check process. The amendment failed in the Senate by a vote of 54-46 on April 17, 2013. The purpose of the amendment was to extend background checks for gun sales to gun shows and internet sales. Five democrats voted in opposition of the amendment, while four republicans supported it.[17]

Assault weapon ban

Voted "No" Hoeven voted in opposition of Feinstein Amdt. No. 711 - To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes. The purpose of the bill was to ban the future sale, manufacturing and possession of assault weapons. The amendment failed in the Senate by a vote of 40-60 on April 17, 2013. One republican voted in support of the amendment while fifteen democrats voted in opposition.[18]

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "Yes" Hoeven voted in support of S 47 - A bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. The bill was passed in the Senate by a vote of 78-22 on February 12, 2013. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[19]

Political Positions

Drones filibuster
See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[20][21][22]

According to the website Breitbart, Hoeven was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[23][24]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[25]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

John Hoeven endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [26]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Hoeven voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89-8 vote on January 1, 2013.[27]



On November 2, 2010, John Hoeven won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Tracy Potter (D) and Keith J. Hanson (Libertarian) in the general election.[28]

U.S. Senate, North Dakota General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Hoeven 76.2% 181,689
     Democratic-Nonpartisan League Tracy Potter 22.2% 52,955
     Libertarian Keith J. Hanson 1.6% 3,890
Total Votes 238,534

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hoeven is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Hoeven raised a total of $3,801,481 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[29]

John Hoeven's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. Senate (North Dakota) Won $3,801,481
Grand Total Raised $3,801,481


Hoeven won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Hoeven's campaign committee raised a total of $3,801,481 and spent $2,909,158.[30]

His top 5 contributors between 2005-2010 were:


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hoeven is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of July 2013.[31]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[32]

Hoeven most often votes with:

Hoeven least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Hoeven missed 12 of 582 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Apr 2013, which is 2.1% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[33]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Hoeven paid his congressional staff a total of $1,354,548 in 2011. He ranked third on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked third overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, North Dakota ranked 17th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $954,912 in fiscal year 2011.[34]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Hoeven's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $10,209,077 to $64,021,999. That averages to $37,115,538, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Senate members in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Hoeven ranked as the 7th most wealthy senator in 2012.[35]

John Hoeven Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


Hoeven ranked 40th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[36]


Hoeven ranked 36th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[37]

Voting with Party


John Hoeven voted with the Republican Party 82.6% of the time, which ranked 34th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[38]


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Hoeven voted with the Republican Party 88.5% of the time. This ranked 32nd among the 47 Senate Republicans in 2011.[39]


Hoeven currently resides in his hometown of Bismarck with his wife, Mical. The couple has two children, Marcela and Jack, and one grandson, Crew.[2]

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External links



  1., "Dalrymple to run in 2012," November 1, 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 United States Senator John Hoeven for North Dakota, "Biography - About John," accessed August 22, 2013
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress, "John Hoeven," accessed October 24, 2011
  4. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  5. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Washington Post, "S RES 65," May 22, 2013
  9. Washington Post, "Confirmation of John Owen Brennan," March 7, 2013
  10. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  12., "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Washington Post, "HR 1911," July 24, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "HR 325," January 31, 2013
  15. Washington Post, "S 744," June 18, 2013
  16. Washington Post, "HR 933," March 13, 2013
  17. Washington Post, "S 649 Expand background check to gun shows and Internet," April 17, 2013
  18. Washington Post, "S 649 Ban assault weapons," April 17, 2013
  19. Washington Post, "S 47," February 12, 2013
  20. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  21. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  22. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  23. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  24. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  25. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  26. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," accessed November 23, 2011
  27. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. OpenSecrets, "Career Fundraising for John Hoeven," accessed March 2013
  30. OpenSecrets, "John Hoeven 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 24 2011
  31. Gov Track, "John Hoeven," accessed July 5, 2013
  32. OpenCongress, "Sen. John Hoeven," accessed August 22, 2013
  33. GovTrack, "John Hoeven," accessed April 2013
  34. LegiStorm, "Hoeven"
  35. OpenSecrets, "Hoeven, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  36. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  37. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  38. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  39. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed October 24, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Byron Dorgan
U.S. Senate - North Dakota
Succeeded by