Date of Birth: March 13, 1957
Birthplace: Bismarck, N.D.
Residence: Bismarck, N.D.
Education: Dartmouth; Northwestern Business School
Previous Office Held: Governor
Family: Wife, Mical and two children
Hoeven is a former banker who was once president of the Bank of North Dakota, the only state-run bank in the U.S.
He is the longest-serving governor in the country, is his state’s most popular politician and was the favorite to win from the second he announced his bid. He handily defeated state Sen. Tracy Potter.
Date of Birth: Aug. 16, 1959
Birthplace: Maddock, N.D.
Residence: Fargo, N.D.
Occupation: Partner of a commercial real estate company
Education: B.A., North Dakota State University
Previous Office Held: State representative
Family: Wife, Tracy; one child
Republican Rick Berg defeated Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.), a nine-term incumbent who had cruised to reelection just two years ago, by tying him to Democratic leaders in Congress. Berg framed Pomeroy as a crucial vote for the agenda of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Obama, a message that paid off in a state Obama lost during the 2008 presidential race. He criticized Pomeroy’s vote for healthcare reform, and in recent weeks, he hammered the incumbent for Congress’s decision to put off a vote on extending tax cuts.
Berg is a longtime member of the North Dakota state House of Representatives, where he served for a time as majority leader and as Speaker. He is the co-founder of a commercial real-estate business and a member of the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corporation board of directors.