William Devlin

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William Devlin
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North Dakota House of Representatives District 23
In office
December 1, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 4
Speaker of the House
2013 - present
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionNewspaper Publisher
Office website
William 'Bill' Devlin is a Republican member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 23. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Devlin currently serves as the Speaker of the House.

Devlin served in the House from 1997 to 2005.


Devlin attended Mayville State College. His professional experience includes working as a newspaper publisher and as Director of Nodak Mutual Insurance Company. He has served as a Steele County Commissioner.[1]

Committee assignments


Note: As Speaker of the House, Devlin does not sit on any standing committees.


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Devlin served on the following committees:



See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Dakota House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 10, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 7, 2014. Incumbent Don Vigesaa and incumbent William Devlin were unopposed in the Republican primary, while Austin Langley and Ben Vig were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Langley, Vig, Vigesaa and Devlin will face off in the general election.[2][3]


See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Devlin won election to the North Dakota House of Representatives in the November 2 general election. Devlin and incumbent Don Vigesaa (R) defeated incumbent Ben Vig (D) and Erich Steven Longie.[4][5]

North Dakota State House, District 23
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Don Vigesaa (R) 2,771
Green check mark transparent.png William Devlin (R) 2,351
Ben Vig (D) 2,277
Erich Steven Longie (D) 1,612

Campaign donors


In 2010, Devlin raised a total of $4,925 in campaign contributions.[6]

His five largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
North Dakota Long Term Care Association $1,000
Lignite Energy Council $1,000
Marathon Oil $600
North Dakota Petroleum Council $500
Sayer, W Scott $500


NDPC: North Dakota Legislative Review

See also: North Dakota Policy Council: North Dakota Legislative Review

The North Dakota Policy Council, a North Dakota-based nonprofit research organization which describes itself as "liberty-based", published the North Dakota Legislative Review, a comprehensive report on how state legislators voted during the 2011 legislative session. The scorecard seeks to show how North Dakota legislators voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote. The Council recorded and scored votes on both spending bills and policy bills, and awarded points accordingly. Policy issues voted upon included income tax cuts, pension reform, and government transparency. On spending legislation, the Council accorded a percentage score based on how much spending the legislator voted against. On policy legislation, scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Council.[7] Devlin received a score of 48.05% on policy legislation and voted against 16.55% of state spending. Devlin was ranked 47th on policy and 10th on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.[8]


Devlin and his wife, Margie, have two children. They currently reside in Finley, North Dakota.[1]

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