Kelly Armstrong is an attorney, businessman, and former North Dakota State Senator. As a leader in the North Dakota Senate, Armstrong has successfully passed legislation on a wide range of issues important to the state including surge funding during the oil boom, DUI reform, and legislation passed during the DAPL protests to ensure law enforcement had the tools they needed to protect North Dakota residents. Armstrong also authored and passed legislation during the last session that helped ensure private mineral ownership would remain with the ranchers, farmers, and families they belong, not taken by the state. On November 6, 2018, he was elected to serve as North Dakota’s next Congressman.
Armstrong attended the University of North Dakota where he earned a law degree and met his, Kjersti. They now live in Dickinson, ND, and have two children, Anna and Eli.
Kevin Cramer was elected to the U.S. Senate on November 6, 2018 and was sworn in on January 3rd, 2019.
Cramer has a distinguished career in public service. In 1991, Kevin was elected Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party, making him the youngest member of the Republican National Committee. From 1993 – 2000, he served in Governor Ed Schafer’s cabinet, first as State Tourism Director (1993-1997) then as State Economic Development & Finance Director (1997-2000). From 2000-2003, Kevin was Executive Director of the Harold Schafer Leadership Foundation, which connects emerging leaders from the University of Mary with community business leaders. In 2003, then Governor John Hoeven appointed Kevin to the Public Service Commission, and in 2004 he was elected to the position, gaining over 65% of the vote. He was re-elected in 2010 with 61.5% of the vote in a three-person contest.
Cramer was elected to the House in 2012, and served on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, appointed Kevin Cramer to three sub-committees including Energy and Mineral Resources, Public Lands and Environmental Regulation and Indian and Alaska Native Affairs. House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith appointed Mr. Cramer to the Energy Subcommittee where members explored such science as hydraulic fracturing and clean coal technologies. In addition, Congressman Kevin Cramer served as Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight which had general and special investigative authority on all matters within the jurisdiction of the full-committee.
As North Dakota Public Service Commissioner, Cramer helped to develop and oversee the most dynamic economy in our nation. He has worked to ensure North Dakotans enjoy some of the lowest utility rates in the nation, enhancing their competitive position in the global marketplace. An energy policy expert, Cramer understands our country’s energy security is integral to our national and economic security.
A strong advocate for the free market system, Cramer has a proven record of cutting and balancing budgets, encouraging the private sector through limited, common sense regulations and limited government.
Cramer has a B.A. degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. He is a native of Kindred, North Dakota where he received all of his primary and secondary education. Kevin and his wife, Kris, have two adult sons, Ian and Isaac, two adult daughters, Rachel and Annie, a five-year-old son, Abel, and a new granddaughter, Lyla.
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On January 5, 2011, John Hoeven was sworn in as North Dakota’s 22nd U.S. Senator, after serving 10 years as Governor for the state of North Dakota.
As Governor, Hoeven worked to build North Dakota’s future by focusing on six pillars of growth: education, economic development, agriculture, energy, technology and quality of life. Under his leadership, North Dakota expanded and diversified its economy and gained almost 50,000 new jobs. North Dakota’s wages and personal income continue to grow faster than the national average, and in recent years, the state led the nation in export growth. While much of the nation is struggling through a recession and budget deficits, North Dakota has balanced its budget, set aside more than $1 billion in reserves for the future, cut taxes, and invested in priorities like education, health care, strong law enforcement, and quality infrastructure.
In addition to these, some of Hoeven’s other initiatives as Governor include the Centers of Excellence, an initiative that combines education and economic development to create higher-paying jobs and new business opportunities for North Dakota citizens. The Centers of Excellence program has resulted in more than $400 million in economic impact and thousands of new jobs.
Hoeven has also placed a strong focus on developing North Dakota’s vast energy resources. Beginning in 2001, he initiated EmPower ND, a multi-resource energy program for the state with incentives in each energy sector, as well as a conservation component. North Dakota is one of the largest energy producing and exporting states in the nation, and Hoeven has worked to advance the state’s traditional energy resources, like lignite coal, oil and gas, while promoting renewable energy opportunities, such as wind, ethanol and biodiesel.
Through his positions on the Senate Appropriations and Senate Energy Committees, Hoeven is working to implement the same kinds of policies on a national level that have helped to grow and diversify North Dakota’s economy and to create jobs on the state level. This means creating a business climate that fosters job growth, developing a national energy policy that encourages development of both traditional and renewable resources and reducing our budget deficits and national debt. Hoeven believes that with a common sense approach that fosters free enterprise and empowers people, we can build our economy and create jobs for our country.
John Hoeven was born in Bismarck. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1979 and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University in 1981. He served as executive vice president of First Western Bank in Minot from 1986 to 1993 and established a strong position of service in many civic, community and economic development activities prior to elective office. From 1993-2000 he served as president and CEO of Bank of North Dakota (BND), which grew from $900 million to $1.6 billion.
Hoeven and his wife, Mical (Mikey), have two children, Marcela and Jack.