“Today’s historic Supreme Court ruling is a truly incredible victory for the rights of the unborn and all Americans who care deeply about the sanctity of life. I want to particularly thank the passionate pro-life defenders who have fought tirelessly to protect the sanctity of life over the past 50 years. Our voices were finally heard, and now so will those of the unborn. From the bottom of my heart, thank you and God bless you.”
-NDGOP Chairman, Perrie Schafer
BISMARCK, N.D. — Jan. 17, 2022 — North Dakota Tax Commissioner Brian Kroshus announced today that he will seek the public’s vote for tax commissioner in the 2022 election.
Kroshus, a Republican, was appointed tax commissioner by Gov. Doug Burgum at the end of 2021. Kroshus previously served as a member of the Public Service Commission, appointed to the position by Burgum in 2017, elected by voters in 2018 and re-elected in 2020. He was chair of the PSC in 2019 and 2020.
“It has been a privilege to serve the citizens of North Dakota, and I’m asking voters for the opportunity to continue working on their behalf,” Kroshus said.
In addition to public service, Kroshus has 30 years of private-sector business leadership experience managing business units throughout the United States. He was a division leader and executive team member for Lee Enterprises, including serving as group publisher of Lee Agri-Media, the nation’s largest network of agricultural publications, and as publisher of the Bismarck Tribune from 2005 to 2015.
“I look forward to continuing to do my part as we work together toward building a stronger North Dakota,” Kroshus said, “one both current and future generations benefit from.”
As tax commissioner Kroshus’ priorities are:
- Effectively and fairly administering North Dakota tax law.
- Education and outreach.
- Tribal engagement.
- Fiscally responsible government.
Kroshus was born in Fargo and is a graduate of North Dakota State University. In addition to his business and state roles, he has served on numerous volunteer boards, including with the Missouri Slope United Way, Bismarck State College, Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce, Bismarck-Mandan Development Association, Sanford Health Foundation and Capital Gallery.
Kroshus served as president of the Bismarck State College Foundation in 2012-2013 and co-chaired the United Way Missouri Slope Areawide Annual Gift Giving Campaign in 2009.
In addition to professional life, Kroshus values family and faith, is the owner of a grain and cattle operation in western North Dakota and is an avid outdoorsman.
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“We are devastated to learn of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s tragic passing today. His record of service to the State of North Dakota and commitment to the constitution was second to none. He had the courage to stand up for us and to protect our liberties in the face of government overreach. We offer our deepest condolences and prayers to his wife Beth, along with his entire family. May God Bless his memory.”
BISMARCK – Today, Perrie Schafer, Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party (“NDGOP”) issued the following statement in response North Dakota House Majority Leader Chet Pollert’s announcement that he would be retiring at the end of term:
“On behalf of the entire North Dakota Republican Party, I want to extend our deepest gratitude to Representative Chet Pollert for the over two decades of exemplary service he has given to our state in the legislature. As a true conservative leader, Chet has been an important advocate for our agricultural sector while also being a steward of our taxpayers’ money. While we will miss his leadership dearly, we wish him and his family nothing but the very best in this new chapter of their lives.”
Rep. Lawrence R. (Larry) Klemin [pron. Kle-meen] and Sen. Michael A. Dwyer announce that they will run for re-election in 2022 to represent District 47 in the House of Representatives and the Senate in the North Dakota Legislature. Klemin, who has represented District 47 since 1998, served as the Speaker of the House during the 2019 Session and chaired the House Judiciary Committee during the 2021 Session. Klemin has also been a member of the House Political Subdivisions Committee and was previously Chairman of that committee. Klemin is also currently Chairman of the North Dakota Commission on Uniform State Laws, a Commissioner on the National Uniform Law Commission, and a member of the North Dakota Commission on Juvenile Justice. During the interim between the Sessions, Klemin serves on the Government Administration Committee and the interim Judiciary Committee. Klemin is a lawyer with the Bismarck law
firm of Schweigert, Klemin & McBride, P.C. Dwyer, first elected in 2018, served as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was also on the Senate Transportation Committee in his first term. In the recent Special Session, Dwyer was appointed to the Joint Technical Corrections Committee, which heard many of the bills considered by the Legislature. During the interim between the Sessions, Dwyer serves on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and the Water Topics Overview Committee. Dwyer and his son are partners in the Dwyer Law Office. Dwyer coached varsity boys basketball for many years at Shiloh Christian School.
Dwyer and Klemin have strong pro-life voting records and were both named Chamber Champions for business by the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce for supporting private business during the 2021 Session.
“We look forward to continuing to represent the great people of District 47 when we are re-elected,” they stated in making their announcement, “and continuing to work for those Republican policies which make Bismarck and North Dakota one of the best places to live, work, and raise families.” Chet Pollert, House Majority Leader, stated “Representative Larry Klemin is extremely effective and highly respected in our Chamber. His thorough knowledge of the law is valuable in making sure the laws we pass are clear and consistent with our conservative principles.” Rich Wardner, Senate Majority Leader, also praised Dwyer. “We are fortunate to have Mike Dwyer in the Senate” stated Wardner. “He has been an effective advocate for conservative principles, and his coaching, education, business, and law experience are very helpful.”
Dwyer and Klemin express gratitude for the work and many years of service of retiring Representative George Keiser. George has been a mentor, colleague, friend, and a devoted public servant. We wish him well. The legislative endorsing convention for the District 47 Republican Party will be held on February 23, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at Century High School. More information later.
Rep. Lawrence R. Klemin
Sen. Michael A. Dwyer
Karl Lembke, District Chairman
BISMARCK – Today, Perrie Schafer, Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party (“NDGOP”) issued the following statement in response to recent legal victories against the Biden Administration’s radical, totalitarian agenda:
“Our Republican leaders, like Governor Burgum, Republicans in the North Dakota legislature, and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, are working seamlessly together to carry out what North Dakotans have elected them to do: to defend our freedoms. Washington may be broken with radical ideas designed to change the country we love, but we are grateful to have Republican leaders who never stop fighting to protect us,” said Schafer.
He continued: “Attorney General Stenehjem has, in particular, taken the fight to the Biden Administration in court, challenging their unconstitutional vaccine mandates for large employers, federal contractors, and medical workers. In just the past week, Attorney General Stenehjem’s efforts have led to the enjoinment of all of these un-American mandates. Voters should know that our leaders haven’t just shown up for them – they’ve gone and beyond to keep North Dakotans free.”
BISMARCK – Today, Perrie Schafer, Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party released the following statement in response to the passage of the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better spending bill:
“It is outrageous that at a time when North Dakotan families are hurting because of inflated energy and food prices – thanks to the Democrats’ endless spending – that Joe Biden would have the audacity to pass yet another trillion-dollar disaster. The so-called ‘Build Back Better’ plan will make America worse. It not only adds to the deficit, but also funds AOC’s socialist schemes like the Green New Deal and gives taxpayer-funded payouts to illegal immigrants. This vote yet again underscores the importance of taking back the House of Representatives in 2022 and protecting our conservative leadership here in North Dakota. Thank you to Congressman Kelly Armstrong for taking a strong stand against this shameful piece of legislation.”
BISMARCK – Today, Perrie Schafer, Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party (“NDGOP”) issued the following statement in response to the Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger’s announcement that he will be resigning in January 2022:
“The North Dakota Republican Party would like to thank Ryan for the many years of public service he has given to our great state. It takes a great deal of courage to show humility and to seek help. We are praying for Ryan and wishing him well on his journey back to good health.”
BISMARCK – Today, Perrie Schafer, Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party (“NDGOP”) applauded North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenejhem for challenging the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandates in three different lawsuits, including a challenge to the mandates for large businesses, federal contractors, and healthcare workers:
“Since Joe Biden took office nearly a year ago, he has declared war on our individual liberties and civil rights. North Dakotans should know, however, that Attorney General Stenejhem has been challenging this Administration in court all along the way. In the last few weeks alone, Stenejhem has relentlessly defended the people of our great state against the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate overreach with respect to our businesses, federal contractors, and healthcare workers. No one should ever have to choose between a job that puts food on the table for their families and a personal medical decision, and we are grateful to have an Attorney General who understands that well.”