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Revision as of 19:22, 11 July 2013

North Dakota House of Representatives

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General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   None
2015 session start:   January 8, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
House Speaker:  William Devlin, (R)
Majority Leader:   Al Carlson, (R)
Minority Leader:   Kenton Onstad, (D)
Members:  94
   Democratic Party (23)
Republican Party (71)
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:   Art IV, North Dakota Constitution
Salary:   $152/day + per diem
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (50 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (50 seats)
Redistricting:  North Dakota Legislature has control
The North Dakota House of Representatives is the lower house of the North Dakota State Legislature. The legislature meets at the State Capitol of Bismarck.

Two representatives are elected from each of 47 senatorial districts as a total of 94 members serve in the lower house of the North Dakota legislature. Each member represents an average of 7,155 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 6,832 residents.[2] Generally, the representatives from odd-numbered districts were elected to four-year terms at the 2006 general election and the representatives from even-numbered districts were elected to four-year terms at the November 2008 general election. In 2010, all odd numbered districts were up for re-election.

As of April 2015, North Dakota is one of 23 Republican state government trifectas.


Article IV of the North Dakota Constitution establishes when the North Dakota Legislative Assembly, of which the House is a part, is to be in session. Section 7 of Article IV states that the Assembly is to convene in regular session every January after a legislative election. This means that the Assembly convenes in January of every odd-numbered year. Section 7 specifies that the convening date is to be the first Tuesday after the third day in January, unless this date is changed by law. Section 7 limits the length of regular sessions to no more than eighty days every two years.


See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 through May 6.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2013 legislative session were focused mostly on the oil boom in western North Dakota and included a budget, the state surplus, improved transportation infrastructure, and decreasing crime.[3]


See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House was not in regular session.


See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the House was in regular session from January 4 through April 28. [4] A special session has been called by Governor Jack Dalrymple for November 7 through 12 to cover legislative redistricting and disaster relief.[5]


See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the House did not meet in regular session.[6]

Ethics and transparency

Open States Transparency

See also: Open States' Legislative Data Report Card

The Sunlight Foundation released an "Open Legislative Data Report Card" in March 2013. North Dakota was given a grade of C in the report. The report card evaluated how adequate, complete and accessible legislative data was to the general public. A total of 10 states received an A: Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.[7]



See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of North Dakota House of Representatives were held in North Dakota on November 6, 2012. A total of 46 seats were up for election. Legislators serve four-year terms in North Dakota. In 2010, 48 legislators were elected.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was April 13, 2012.


See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the office of North Dakota's House of Representatives were held in North Dakota on November 2, 2010.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 8, 2010. The primary election day was June 8, 2010.

North Dakota House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 36 25
     Republican Party 58 69
Total 94 94

In 2010, the candidates for state house raised a total of $428,028 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [8]


Article 4, Section 5 of the North Dakota Constitution states: State Senators and Representatives must be, on the day of the election, qualified voters in the district from which they are chosen and a resident of the state for one year preceding election to office.


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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Under North Dakota law, any vacancy in the House is filled by the district committee of the political party that holds the seat. A replacement must be named within 21 days of the vacancy. If more than 828 days are left in the term, the appointed person must serve until the next general election when the Governor can call for a special election[9].


See also: Redistricting in North Dakota

Redistricting is the responsibility of the General Assembly, with a federal or state court intervening should the legislature not agree on a plan.

2010 census

North Dakota received its local census data on March 15, 2011. The state enjoyed an approximately five percent population growth to 672,591, but lost in rural districts, posing the threat of putting incumbents against each other. The legislature held a special session in November 2011 after preliminary approval by the Interim Legislative Redistricting Committee, and passed the proposed plan on the 8th, a day after convening. The plan cut two rural districts, added districts in Fargo and Bismarck, and paired over a dozen incumbents. Governor Jack Dalrymple (R) signed the plan into law on November 9, 2011.


Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of April 2015
     Democratic Party 23
     Republican Party 71
Total 94

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the North Dakota State House of Representatives from 1992-2013.
Partisan composition of the North Dakota State House.PNG

Interactive Map

The North Dakota State Legislature has a link to an interactive district map.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the North Dakota Legislature are paid $152/day during legislative sessions and for attending interim committee meetings. Legislators receive lodging reimbursements up to $1,351/month (vouchered).[10]


North Dakota does not provide pensions for legislators.[11]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

North Dakota legislators assume office December 1st.


The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. [12]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, North Dakota House of Representatives
Office Representative Party
Speaker of the House William Devlin Ends.png Republican
House Majority Leader Al Carlson Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Majority Leader Don Vigesaa Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Caucus Leader Mike Nathe Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Leader Kenton Onstad Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Minority Leader Corey Mock Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Caucus Leader Ed Gruchalla Electiondot.png Democratic

Current members

Current members, North Dakota House of Representatives
District Representative Party Assumed office
1 Patrick Hatlestad Ends.png Republican 2007
1 Gary Sukut Ends.png Republican 2007
2 Robert Skarphol Ends.png Republican 2001
2 David Rust Ends.png Republican 2009
3 Andrew Maragos Ends.png Republican 2011
3 Roscoe Streyle Ends.png Republican 2011
4 Glen Froseth Ends.png Republican 1993
4 Kenton Onstad Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
5 Roger Brabandt Ends.png Republican 2011
5 Scott Louser Ends.png Republican 2011
6 Dick Anderson Ends.png Republican 2011
6 Bob Hunskor Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
7 Rick Becker Ends.png Republican 2013
7 Jason Dockter Ends.png Republican 2013
8 Jeff Delzer Ends.png Republican 1995
8 Vernon Laning Ends.png Republican 2013
9 Tracy Boe Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
9 Marvin Nelson Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
10 Charles Damschen Ends.png Republican 2005
10 David Monson Ends.png Republican 1993
11 Ron Guggisberg Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
11 Scot Kelsh Electiondot.png Democratic 1996
12 Jessica Haak Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
12 Alex Looysen Ends.png Republican 2013
13 Kim Koppelman Ends.png Republican 1994
13 Alon Wieland Ends.png Republican 2003
14 Jon Nelson Ends.png Republican 1997
14 Robin Weisz Ends.png Republican 1997
15 Curt Hofstad Ends.png Republican 2007
15 Dennis Johnson Ends.png Republican 1993
16 Ben Hanson Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
16 Ben Koppelman Ends.png Republican 2013
17 Mark Owens Ends.png Republican 2011
17 Mark Sanford Ends.png Republican 2011
18 Eliot Glassheim Electiondot.png Democratic 1993
18 Marie Strinden Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
19 Wayne Trottier Ends.png Republican 2011
19 Gary Paur Ends.png Republican 2011
20 Richard Holman Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
20 Gail Mooney Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
21 Kathy Hogan Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
21 Steve Zaiser Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
22 Wesley Belter Ends.png Republican 1985
22 Peter Silbernagel Ends.png Republican 2013
23 William Devlin Ends.png Republican 2011
23 Don Vigesaa Ends.png Republican 2003
24 Dwight Kiefert Ends.png Republican 2013
24 Naomi Muscha Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
25 John Wall Ends.png Republican 2005
25 Clark Williams Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
26 Bill Amerman Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
26 Jerome Kelsh Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
27 Randy Boehning Ends.png Republican 2003
27 Thomas Beadle Ends.png Republican 2011
28 Michael Don Brandenburg Ends.png Republican 2005
28 William Kretschmar Ends.png Republican 2001
29 Craig Headland Ends.png Republican 2003
29 Chet Pollert Ends.png Republican 1999
30 Diane Larson Ends.png Republican 2013
30 Mike Nathe Ends.png Republican 2009
31 Karen Rohr Ends.png Republican 2011
31 James Schmidt Ends.png Republican 2011
32 Mark Dosch Ends.png Republican 2001
32 Lisa Meier Ends.png Republican 2001
33 Brenda Heller Ends.png Republican 2007
33 Gary Kreidt Ends.png Republican 2003
34 Todd Porter Ends.png Republican 1999
34 Nathan Toman Ends.png Republican 2013
35 Karen Karls Ends.png Republican 2007
35 Bob Martinson Ends.png Republican 2000
36 Alan Fehr Ends.png Republican 2013
36 Mike Schatz Ends.png Republican 2009
37 Nancy Johnson Ends.png Republican 1999
37 Vicky Steiner Ends.png Republican 2011
38 Larry Bellew Ends.png Republican 2001
38 Dan Ruby Ends.png Republican 2001
39 David Drovdal Ends.png Republican 1993
39 Keith Kempenich Ends.png Republican 1993
40 Matthew Klein Ends.png Republican 1993
40 Robert Frantsvog Ends.png Republican 2009
41 Al Carlson Ends.png Republican 1993
41 Bette Grande Ends.png Republican 1997
42 Corey Mock Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
42 Kylie Oversen Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
43 Lois Delmore Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
43 Curt Kreun Ends.png Republican 2011
44 Joshua Boschee Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
44 Blair Thoreson Ends.png Republican 1999
45 Joe Heilman Ends.png Republican 2011
45 Ed Gruchalla Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
46 Kathy Hawken Ends.png Republican 1997
46 James Kasper Ends.png Republican 2001
47 George Keiser Ends.png Republican 1993
47 Lawrence Klemin Ends.png Republican 1999

Standing committees

The North Dakota House of Representatives has the following 12 standing committees:


Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, North Dakota’’
Partisan breakdown of the North Dakota legislature from 1992-2013

During every year from 1992-2013, the Republican Party was the majority in the North Dakota State House of Representatives. The North Dakota House of Representatives is one of nine state Houses that was Republican 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 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 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.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of North Dakota, the North Dakota State Senate and the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of North Dakota state government(1992-2013).PNG

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