New Members 2010 - North Dakota


House At-large


Date of Birth: March 13, 1957
Birthplace: Bismarck, N.D.
Residence: Bismarck, N.D.
Occupation: Banker
Education: Dartmouth; Northwestern Business School 
Previous Office Held: Governor
Family: Wife, Mical and two children

Republican John Hoeven, North Dakota’s governor for the last decade, will take over retiring Sen. Byron Dorgan’s seat. Though the state typically votes for GOP presidential candidates, this is the first time a Republican has represented North Dakota in the Senate since 1986. 

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.