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The North Dakota Republican Party (ND GOP) is the North Dakota
North Dakota
North Dakota is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States of America, along the Canadian border. The state is bordered by Canada to the north, Minnesota to the east, South Dakota to the south and Montana to the west. North Dakota is the 19th-largest state by area in the U.S....

 affiliate of the United States Republican Party. The party platform is generally conservative.The North Dakota Republican Party is strongly in control of the state's politics. The party holds nearly all statewide positions in addition to having a supermajority
Supermajority
A supermajority or a qualified majority is a requirement for a proposal to gain a specified level or type of support which exceeds a simple majority . In some jurisdictions, for example, parliamentary procedure requires that any action that may alter the rights of the minority has a supermajority...

 in both houses, of the state legislature, over the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party. The current party chairman is Stan Stein.

History


The state Republican party has always been a major force in state politics, in many cases having a dominant position. Founded in 1889, the party initially dominated all state politics for the state's first 20 years of existence, with the exception of a brief period from 1893 to 1894 in which the North Dakota Democratic-Independent Party
North Dakota Democratic-Independent Party
The North Dakota Democratic-Independent Party, abbreviated D-I, was a progressive political party that formed around 1890 in response to the North Dakota Republican Party's domination of state politics.-History:...

 briefly overthrew the Republican Party.

In the early 20th century, the party was effectively divided into two groups that nominated candidates on the Republican ticket, the progressive Non-Partisan League
Non-Partisan League
The Nonpartisan League was a political organization founded in 1915 in the United States by former Socialist Party organizer A. C. Townley. The Nonpartisan League advocated state control of mills, grain elevators, banks and other farm-related industries in order to reduce the power of corporate...

 (NPA) and the conservative Independent Voters Association
Independent Voters Association
The Independent Voters Association, or IVA, was a North Dakota political organization formed on May 1, 1918, at the height of the Non Partisan League's influence on the North Dakota Republican Party. The IVA was a conservative, capitalist faction created to counter the NPL's socialist leanings. ...

 (IVA). This period ended when the NPL merged with the state Democratic Party, and the IVA effectively became known as the Republican Party. The party maintains majorities in the House of Representatives
North Dakota House of Representatives
The North Dakota House of Representatives is the lower house of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly and is larger than the North Dakota Senate....

 and the Senate
North Dakota Senate
The North Dakota Senate is the upper house of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly, smaller than the North Dakota House of Representatives.North Dakota is divided into between 40 and 54 legislative districts apportioned by population as determined by the decennial census...

, and controls 11 of the 12 statewide offices.

The party holds its convention in the spring of election years, usually rotating the convention between four of the state's largest cities: Bismarck
Bismarck, North Dakota
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. It is the second most populous city in North Dakota after Fargo. The city's population was 61,272 at the 2010 census, while its metropolitan population was 108,779...

, Fargo
Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo is the largest city in the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Cass County. In 2010, its population was 105,549, and it had an estimated metropolitan population of 208,777...

, Grand Forks
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Grand Forks is the third-largest city in the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Grand Forks County. According to the 2010 census, the city's population was 52,838, while that of the city and surrounding metropolitan area was 98,461...

, and Minot.

Notable figures

  • Thomas S. Kleppe - former United States Secretary of the Interior
    United States Secretary of the Interior
    The United States Secretary of the Interior is the head of the United States Department of the Interior.The US Department of the Interior should not be confused with the concept of Ministries of the Interior as used in other countries...

  • Milton Young
    Milton Young
    Milton Ruben Young was a United States politician, most notable for representing North Dakota in the United States Senate from 1945 until 1981. At the time of his retirement, he was the most senior Republican in the Senate....

     - United States Senator
    United States Senate
    The United States Senate is the upper house of the bicameral legislature of the United States, and together with the United States House of Representatives comprises the United States Congress. The composition and powers of the Senate are established in Article One of the U.S. Constitution. Each...

     who served as President pro tempore
    President pro tempore of the United States Senate
    The President pro tempore is the second-highest-ranking official of the United States Senate. The United States Constitution states that the Vice President of the United States is the President of the Senate and the highest-ranking official of the Senate despite not being a member of the body...

     for a day
  • Mark Andrews - former United States Senator
    United States Senate
    The United States Senate is the upper house of the bicameral legislature of the United States, and together with the United States House of Representatives comprises the United States Congress. The composition and powers of the Senate are established in Article One of the U.S. Constitution. Each...

  • Ed Schafer - former Governor of North Dakota
    Governor of North Dakota
    The Governor of North Dakota is the chief executive of North Dakota. The current Governor is Jack Dalrymple. The Governor has the right to sign and laws, and to call the Legislative Assembly, into emergency session. The Governor is also chairman of the North Dakota Industrial Commission. The...

     and former United States Secretary of Agriculture
    United States Secretary of Agriculture
    The United States Secretary of Agriculture is the head of the United States Department of Agriculture. The current secretary is Tom Vilsack, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on 20 January 2009. The position carries similar responsibilities to those of agriculture ministers in other...

  • Allen Olson - former Governor of North Dakota

Current elected officials


The North Dakota Republican Party controls all nine of the statewide offices and holds supermajorities in both the North Dakota Senate and the North Dakota House of Representatives. Republicans also hold one of the state's U.S. Senate seats and the state's At-Large congressional district.

U.S. House of Representatives

  • Rick Berg
    Rick Berg
    Richard Alan Berg is the U.S. Representative for . Berg serves on the House Ways and Means Committee. He is a member of the Republican Party. Previously, he served in the state House of Representatives. He served as Majority Leader and Speaker.-Early life, education, and pre-political career:Berg...

    , At-Large District
    North Dakota's At-large congressional district
    North Dakota's At-large congressional district is the sole congressional district for the state of North Dakota. All of North Dakota is contained within one at large Congressional District making it the eighth largest district in the nation.- History:...


Statewide offices

  • Governor
    Governor of North Dakota
    The Governor of North Dakota is the chief executive of North Dakota. The current Governor is Jack Dalrymple. The Governor has the right to sign and laws, and to call the Legislative Assembly, into emergency session. The Governor is also chairman of the North Dakota Industrial Commission. The...

    : Jack Dalrymple
    Jack Dalrymple
    John "Jack" Dalrymple is a North Dakota politician and businessman who is the current Governor of North Dakota, and a one-time candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1992. Dalrymple became governor after the resignation of John Hoeven, who was elected to the U.S...

  • Lieutenant Governor
    Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
    The Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota is a political office in North Dakota. The Lieutenant Governor's duty is to preside as President of the Senate, and is responsible for legislative relations, the state budget and agri-business development. Should the Governor's office become vacant, the...

    : Drew Wrigley
    Drew Wrigley
    Drew Wrigley is the 37th and current Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota. He was appointed by Governor Jack Dalrymple on December 7, 2010. Wrigley previously served as U.S...

  • Secretary of State
    North Dakota Secretary of State
    The North Dakota Secretary of State is an elected office in the U.S. state of North Dakota. The current Secretary of State is Alvin Jaeger. The general duties of the Secretary of State include being the custodian of the state's Great Seal and other official state documents, recording the official...

    : Al Jaeger
  • Attorney General
    North Dakota Attorney General
    The North Dakota Attorney General is the chief legal officer of the North Dakota state government. The current Attorney General is Wayne Stenehjem...

    : Wayne Stenehjem
    Wayne Stenehjem
    Wayne Stenehjem is a lawyer and politician from the U.S. state of North Dakota. He is the current Attorney General of the state, serving since 2000.-Biography:...

  • Insurance Commissioner
    North Dakota Insurance Commissioner
    The North Dakota Insurance Commissioner regulates the insurance industry in North Dakota, licenses insurance professionals in the state, educates consumers about different types of insurance, and handles consumer complaints...

    : Adam Hamm
    Adam Hamm
    Adam Hamm, born July 24, 1971, is the current North Dakota Insurance Commissioner, taking office following Jim Poolman's departure in August. He was appointed to the position and he began his work on October 22, 2007. Hamm is a former prosecutor in the Cass County State's Attorney's office and is a...

  • Tax Commissioner
    North Dakota State Tax Commissioner
    The North Dakota State Tax Commissioner is a political office in North Dakota. The commissioner's duty is to exercise general supervision over all state-levied taxes, as well as related oversight, including over property assessors...

    : Cory Fong
    Cory Fong
    Cory Fong is a North Dakota public servant. He is a Republican, and the current state State Tax Commissioner....

  • Auditor
    North Dakota State Auditor
    The North Dakota State Auditor is a political office in North Dakota. The auditor's duty is to oversee the three divisions of the Office of the State Auditor: State Audit, which audits the state of North Dakota; Local Government Audit, which performs audits of counties, school districts, and other...

    : Bob Peterson
    Bob Peterson (North Dakota)
    Robert Randall "Bob" Peterson is a North Dakota public servant and politician with the Republican Party who is currently serving as the North Dakota State Auditor since 1997. He was also a Presidential Elector for the state in 1996. His father, Robert W...

  • North Dakota State Treasurer
    North Dakota State Treasurer
    The North Dakota State Treasurer is a political office in North Dakota. The treasurer's duty is to assure sound financial oversight and absolute safety of all public funds collected, managed, and disbursed. The Office of the State Treasurer is separated into five divisions: Administration,...

    : Kelly Schmidt
    Kelly Schmidt
    Kelly Schmidt is a North Dakota Republican Party politician and public servant who is the current North Dakota State Treasurer, serving since 2004.-North Dakota State Treasurer:...

  • North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner
    North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner
    In the U.S. state of North Dakota, the Agriculture Commissioner, formerly known as the Commissioner of Agriculture, is an elected official who heads the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. The present commissioner is Doug Goehring....

    : Doug Goehring
    Doug Goehring
    Doug Goehring is the current North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner. A Republican, he was appointed to the office by Governor John Hoeven on April 6, 2009 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Democratic-NPL incumbent Roger Johnson to become president of the National Farmers...

  • Public Service Commissioners
    North Dakota Public Service Commission
    The North Dakota Public Service Commission is a constitutional agency that maintains various degrees of statutory authority over utilities, telecommunications, railroads, grain elevators, pipeline safety, and other functions in North Dakota....

    : Brian Kalk, Kevin Cramer
    Kevin Cramer
    Kevin Cramer is a North Dakota politician who in 2010 is serving as a North Dakota Public Service Commissioner.-Biography:...

    , Tony Clark
    Tony Clark (North Dakota)
    Tony Clark is a North Dakota politician who is serving as a Public Service Commissioner since 2001.-Biography:He is a graduate of Fargo North High School, and an alumnus of both NDSU and UND He was elected to the Public Service Commission of the U.S. state of North Dakota in 2000, and was...


Legislative


See also

  • Politics of North Dakota
    Politics of North Dakota
    The Politics of North Dakota are modeled after that of the United States, whereby the Governor of North Dakota is both head of state and head of government. Executive power is exercised by the Governor, and Legislative power is vested in both chambers of the North Dakota Legislature; the House of...

  • North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party - North Dakota affiliate of the Democratic Party
    Democratic Party (United States)
    The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. The party's socially liberal and progressive platform is largely considered center-left in the U.S. political spectrum. The party has the lengthiest record of continuous...

  • Political party strength in North Dakota
    Political party strength in North Dakota
    The following table indicates the party of elected officials in the U.S. state of North Dakota:*Governor*Lieutenant Governor*Secretary of State*Attorney General*State Treasurer*State Auditor*State Insurance Commissioner...

  • Republican Party (United States)
    Republican Party (United States)
    The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery expansion activists in 1854, it is often called the GOP . The party's platform generally reflects American conservatism in the U.S...