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Rick Berg
Rick Berg.jpg
U.S. House, North Dakota
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Representative, North Dakota State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sNorth Dakota State University, 1981
Date of birthSeptember 16, 1959
Place of birthMaddock, ND
ProfessionOwner/Broker, Goldmark Commercial Corporation
Office website
Campaign website
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Rick Berg (b. September 16, 1959) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Berg represents the at-large congressional district of North Dakota. Berg was first elected in 2010. He unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Berg is a "centrist Republican follower".[1]

Berg lost to Heidi Heitkamp (D) on November 6, 2012.[2]


  • 1981: Graduated from North Dakota State University, Fargo, N. Dak.
  • 1985-2011: Member of the North Dakota state house of representatives
  • 1993: Speaker, North Dakota state house of representatives
  • 2003-2009: Majority leader, North Dakota state house of representatives
  • 2011-Present: U.S Representative from North Dakota

Committee assignments

U.S. House


  • Ways and Means
    • Subcommittee on Human Resources
    • Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures
    • Subcommittee on Social Security



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

Berg lost to Democrat Heidi Heitkamp in the U.S. Senate election in 2012. He defeated Duane Sand in the Republican primary on June 12 but was defeated in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

U.S. Senate-North Dakota Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Berg 66.5% 67,860
Duane Sand 33.5% 34,213
Total Votes 102,073

Campaign funding

As of mid-April 2012, Berg had $1.6 million in his campaign coffers, while his primary opponent, Duane Sand, had just $81,000 and over $200,000 in campaign debt.[6]


On November 2, 2010, Berg won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Earl Pomeroy in the general election.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives, North Dakota Congressional District Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Berg 54.9% 129,802
     Democratic Earl Pomeroy 45.1% 106,542
Total Votes 236,344


2012 Elections

A DFM Research poll, conducted July 24-26, 2012 for the state's Democratic Party, showed Berg trailing Democratic candidate Heidi Heitkamp by six points.[8]

A Rasmussen poll, conducted July 10-11, 2012, showed Berg leading Democratic candidate Heidi Heitkamp by nine points.[9]

North Dakota's Senate elections, 2012
Poll Rick Berg (R) Heidi Heitkamp (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
(July 10-11, 2012)
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


During the second quarter of 2012, Berg raised $1.24 million. He ended the quarter with $2.2 million cash on hand.[10]

Rick Berg Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2012$138,973.60$942,968.29$(747,592.77)$1,585,106.12
Pre-primary[12]May 28, 2012$1,585,106.12$443,304.57$(389,229.28)$1,639,181.41
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2012$1,639,181.41$799,380.31$(243,588.57)$2,194,973.15
October Quarterly[14]October 15, 2012$2,194,973.15$1,576,410.75$(2,255,820.53)$1,515,563.37
Running totals


Berg won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Berg's campaign committee raised a total of $2,120,920 and spent $2,094,847.[15]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Berg paid his congressional staff a total of $744,983 in 2011. Overall, North Dakota ranks 49th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[16]

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, Berg's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $12,146,147 to $54,979,033. This averages out to $33,562,590 which is higher than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[17]

Percentage voting with party

Rick Berg voted with the Republican Party 93.4% of the time, which ranked 101st among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[18]


Berg and his wife, Tracy Martin, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Earl Pomeroy
U.S. House of Representatives - North Dakota District at-large
Succeeded by