North Dakota State Senate
|North Dakota State Senate|
|2013 session start:||No regular session in 2012|
|Website:||Official Senate Page|
|Senate President:||Drew Wrigley, (R)|
|Majority Leader:||Rich Wardner, (R)|
|Minority leader:||Ryan Taylor, (D)|
| Democratic Party (14) |
Republican Party (33)
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Art IV, Sec/ 1, North Dakota Constitution|
|Salary:||$148/session day + expenses|
|Last Election:||November 2, 2010 (24 seats)|
|Next election:||November 6, 2012 (23 seats)|
|Redistricting:||North Dakota Legislature has control|
Approximately one-half the members are elected to four-year terms every two years. Generally, members from even-numbered districts are elected to four-year terms in U.S. presidential election years (2004, 2008, etc.) and members from odd-numbered districts are elected to four-year terms in general election years offset by two years from U.S. presidential elections (2002, 2006, 2010, etc.).
Members take office as of December 1 of even-numbered years.
Each member represents an average of 14,310 residents, as of the 2010 Census. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 13,664 residents. The Legislative Assembly convenes in regular session the following January.
Article IV of the North Dakota Constitution establishes when the North Dakota Legislative Assembly, of which the Senate 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 2012 state legislative sessions
In 2012, the Legislature will not be in regular session.
- See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions
In 2011, the Senate was in regular session from January 4 through April 28.  A special session has been called by Governor Jack Dalrymple for November 7 through 12 to cover legislative redistricting and disaster relief.
- See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions
The signature filing deadline was April 13, 2012.
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 State Senate|
|Party||As of November 1, 2010||After the 2010 Election|
In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $271,222 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: 
|North Dakota Senate Democratic-NPL Caucus||$26,750|
|North Dakota Association of Realtors||$18,550|
|North Dakota Republican Senate Caucus||$15,602|
|North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives||$13,000|
|Lignite Energy Council||$12,500|
|Boilermakers Local 647||$11,200|
|North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives||$11,050|
|North Dakota Education Association||$10,750|
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.
Whenever there is an vacancy in the Senate, it must be filled by the district committee of the political party that currently holds the seat. A replacement must be named no later than 21 days after the vacancy. If more than 828 days are remaining in the vacant senator's term, the replacement can serve in a interim basis until the next scheduled general election. It would be up to the Governor to schedule a special election in order to determine a permanent replacement.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2010, members of the North Dakota Senate are paid $148/day during legislative sessions. Legislators receive lodging reimbursements up to $1,040/month (vouchered).
The $148/day that North Dakota senators are paid as of 2010 is an increase over the $125/day they were paid during legislative sessions in 2007. The loding reimbursement has increased from $900/month in 2007 to $1,040/month in 2010.
When sworn in
North Dakota legislators assume office December 1st.
- See also: Partisan composition of state senates
|Party||As of May 2013|
List of current members
North Dakota Senate has 11 standing committees:
- Agriculture Committee, North Dakota State Senate
- Appropriations Committee, North Dakota State Senate
- Education Committee, North Dakota State Senate
- Finance and Taxation Committee, North Dakota State Senate
- Government and Veterans Affairs Committee, North Dakota State Senate
- Human Services Committee, North Dakota State Senate
- Industry, Business and Labor Committee, North Dakota State Senate
- Judiciary Committee, North Dakota State Senate
- Natural Resources Committee, North Dakota State Senate
- Political Subdivisions Committee, North Dakota State Senate
- Transportation Committee, North Dakota State Senate
- North Dakota State Senate-Legislative Branch
- Official list of 2009-2010 state senators
- Official list of 2007-2008 state senators
- Project Vote Smart profile of North Dakota Senate
- North Dakota State Senate on Wikipedia
- ↑ List of state legislative term limits
- ↑ Population in 2010 of the American states
- ↑ Population in 2000 of the American states
- ↑ "North Dakota Legislative Assembly" About the Senate, March 3, 2009
- ↑ North Dakota Legislative Assembly information
- ↑ The Bismarck Tribune, N.D. House leader: Special session starts Nov. 7, Sept.15, 2011
- ↑ Session information for North Dakota legislature
- ↑ Follow the Money: "North Dakota Senate 2010 Campaign Contributions"
- ↑ North Dakota Legislature "North Dakota Century Code"(Referenced Statute 16.1-13-10 (1))
- ↑ National Conference of State Legislatures, "2010 Legislator Compensation Data"
- ↑ Empire Center, "Legislative Salaries Per State as of 2007"
- ↑ 2009 North Dakota Senate Leadership
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