The North Dakota Public Service Commission
is a three person state executive board in the North Dakota state government.
The current chairman is Tony Clark. He serves alongside Kevin Cramer and Brian Kalk.
The state Constitution establishes the three person public service commission in Article V, Section 2:
The qualified electors of the state at the times and places of choosing members of the legislative assembly shall choose a governor, lieutenant governor, agriculture commissioner, attorney general, auditor, insurance commissioner, three public service commissioners, secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction, tax commissioner, and treasurer. ...
Article V, Section 4 of the North Dakota Constitution establishes the qualifications to hold the office of public service commissioner:
| To be eligible to hold an elective office established by this article, a person must be a qualified elector of this state, must be at least twenty-five years of age on the day of the election, and must have been a resident of this state for the five years preceding election to office. To be eligible to hold the office of governor or lieutenant governor, a person must be at least thirty years old on the day of the election. The attorney general must be licensed to practice law in this state.
- qualified North Dakota voter
- at least 25 years old
- a resident of North Dakota for at least the five preceding years
The commissioners are elected on a statewide basis to staggered six year terms. Commissioner Clark's term expires in 2012, and he has announced that he will not run for re-election. Commissioner Cramer's term expires in 2016, and Commissioner Kalk's term expires in 2014.
Article V, Section 8 addresses vacancies in state executive offices. In the event of a vacancy, the governor nominates a successor who must be confirmed by the state senate. Once confirmed, the individual serves the remainder of the unexpired term.
Divisions of the office