Political party strength in North Dakota Information

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The following table indicates the party of elected officials in the U.S. state of North Dakota:

The table also indicates the historical party composition in the:

For years in which a United States presidential election was held, the table indicates which party's nominees received the state's electoral votes.

Year Executive offices State Legislature Pub. Ser. Com. [2] United States Congress Electoral College votes
Governor Lt. Governor Sec. of State Attorney General Treasurer Auditor Ins. Comm. Ag. Comm. [1] Labor Comm. [1] Tax Comm. Supt. of Pub. Inst. State Senate State House U.S. Senator (Class I) U.S. Senator (Class III) U.S. House
1889 John Miller ( R) Alfred Dickey (R) John Flittie (R) George F. Goodwin (R) Lewis E. Booker (R) John P. Bray (R) [3] A.L. Carey (R) Henry T. Helgesen (R) No such office [4] William Mitchell (R) [5] 25R, 6D 58R, 4D 3R Lyman R. Casey (R) Gilbert A. Pierce (R) Henry C. Hansbrough (R)
1890 William J. Clapp (R) [6]
1891 Andrew H. Burke (R) Roger Allin (R) Clarence A.M. Spencer (R) John Ogden (R) 23R, 6D, 2FA 40R, 16D, 6FA Henry C. Hansbrough (R) Martin N. Johnson (R)
1892 Archie Currie (North Dakota) (R) [6]
1893 Eli C. D. Shortridge ( D-I) Elmer D. Wallace (D-I) Christian M. Dahl (R) William H. Standish (D-I) Knud J. Nomland (D-I) Arthur W. Porter (D-I) James Cudhie (D-I) Nelson Williams (D-I) [7] Laura J. Eisenhuth (D-I) 19R, 7D, 4P, 1 Fus. 33R, 16D, 13P 3D-I William N. Roach ( D) Grover Cleveland and Adlai Stevenson (D) Green tickY Benjamin Harrison and Whitelaw Reid (R) Red XN James Weaver and James Field ( P) Red XN
1895 Roger Allin (R) John H. Worst (R) John F. Cowan (R) George E. Nichols (R) Frank A. Briggs (R) Frederick B. Fancher (R) Andrew H. Laughlin (R) Emma F. Bates (R) 25R, 4P, 2D 52R, 6P, 2D 3R
1897 Frank A. Briggs (R) [5] Joseph M. Devine (R) Fred Falley (R) Nathan B. Hannum (R) Henry U. Thomas (R) John G. Halland (R) 24R, 4 Fus., 3D 44R, 18 Fus. William McKinley and Garret Hobart (R) Green tickY
1898 Joseph M. Devine (R) [8] vacant
1899 Frederick B. Fancher (R) Joseph M. Devine (R) Dennis W. Driscoll (R) Albert N. Carlblom (R) George W. Harrison (R) 22R, 9 Fus. 55R, 5 Fus., 2D Porter J. McCumber (R) Burleigh F. Spalding (R)
1901 Frank White (R) David Bartlett (R) Edward F. Porter (R) Oliver D. Comstock (R) Donald H. McMillan (R) Ferdinand Leutz (R) Rollin J. Turner (R) Joseph M. Devine (R) 24R, 7 Fus. 56R, 5 Fus., 1? Thomas Frank Marshall (R) William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt (R) Green tickY
1903 Carl N. Frich (R) Herbert L. Holmes (R) Walter L. Stockwell (R) 30R, 7D, 3 Fus. 86R, 11D, 2 Fus., 1I 2R
1905 Elmore Y. Sarles (R) Albert Peterson (R) Ernest C. Cooper (R) William C. Gilbreath (R) 33R, 6D, 1I 99R, 1D Theodore Roosevelt and Charles W. Fairbanks (R) Green tickY
1907 John Burke (D) Robert S. Lewis (R) Alfred Blaisdell (R) Thomas F. McCue (R) 33R, 7D 87R, 12D, 1I
1909 Andrew Miller (R) George L. Bickford (R) David K. Brightbill (R) 38R, 8D, 1I 92R, 8D Martin N. Johnson (R) [5] William Howard Taft and James S. Sherman (R) Green tickY
Fountain L. Thompson (D) [6] [3]
1910 William E. Purcell (D) [6]
1911 Usher L. Burdick (R) Patrick D. Norton (R) Gunder Olson (R) Walter C. Taylor (R) Edwin J. Taylor (R) 44R, 4D, 1I 90R, 12D, 1S Asle Gronna (R)
1913 L. B. Hanna (R) Anton T. Kraabel (R) Thomas Hall (R) Carl O. Jorgenson (R) 43R, 6D 102R, 8D 3R Woodrow Wilson and Thomas R. Marshall (D) Green tickY
1915 John H. Fraine (R) Henry Linde (R) John Steen (R) Robert F. Flint (R) 44R, 5D 106R, 6D
1917 Lynn Frazier (R- NPL) [9] Anton T. Kraabel (R) William Langer (R-NPL) Carl R. Kositzky (R) Sveinung A. Olsness (R) John N. Hagan (R-NPL) [9] Neil C. MacDonald ( NP) 43R, 6D 97R, 17D
1919 Howard R. Wood (R) Obert A. Olson (R) George E. Wallace (R) [10] Minnie J. Nelson (NP) 43R, 6D (35NPL, 14IVA) 99R, 14D (81NPL, 32IVA)
1921 William Lemke (R-NPL) [9] John Steen (R) David C. Poindexter (R) 49R (25NPL, 24IVA) 113R (59IVA, 54NPL) Edwin F. Ladd (R) [5] Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge (R) Green tickY
Ragnvald A. Nestos (R- IVA) Sveinbjorn Johnson (R) Joseph A. Kitchen (R)
1922 C.C. Converse (R) [10]
1923 Frank H. Hyland (R) George F. Shafer (R) 49R (26IVA, 23NPL) 113R (57IVA, 56NPL) Lynn Frazier (R-NPL)
1925 Arthur G. Sorlie (R-NPL) [5] Walter Maddock (R-NPL) Robert Byrne (R) Chessmur A. Fischer (R) John Steen (R) Thorstein H. Thoresen (R) [10] 46R, 3D (25IVA, 24NPL) 106R, 7D (63NPL, 50IVA) Gerald Nye (R) [11] Calvin Coolidge and Charles G. Dawes (R) Green tickY
1927 Bertha R. Palmer (NP) 49R (25IVA, 24NPL) 113R (60IVA, 53NPL)
1928 Walter Maddock (R-NPL) [8] vacant
1929 George F. Shafer (R-IVA) John W. Carr (R) James Morris (R) Berta E. Baker (R) Iver A. Acker (R) [10] 48R, 1D (26NPL, 23IVA) 112R, 1D (65IVA, 48NPL) Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis (R) Green tickY
1931 47R, 2D (27IVA, 22NPL) 112R, 1D (58IVA, 55NPL)
1933 William Langer (R-NPL) [12] Ole H. Olson (R-NPL) Arthur J. Gronna (R) [3] Alfred S. Dale (R) John Husby (R) F.A. Vogel (R) [10] Arthur E. Thompson (NP) [3] 44R, 5D (R-NPL majority) 103R, 10D (R-NPL majority) 1R, 1R-NPL Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Nance Garner (D) Green tickY
Peter O. Sathre (R) [11] [13] J.J. Weeks (R) [10]
1934 Ole H. Olson (R-NPL) [14] vacant
1935 Thomas H. Moodie (D) [15] Walter Welford (R-NPL) James D. Gronna (R) John Gray (R) Berta E. Baker (R) Harold Hopton (R) Theodore Martell (R-NPL) 42R, 7D (R-NPL majority) 83R, 30D (R-NPL majority)
Walter Welford (R-NPL) [14] vacant Lee Nichols (R) [10]
1937 William Langer (R-NPL) Thorstein H. Thoresen (R) Alvin C. Strutz (R) [11] Oscar E. Erickson (R) [5] John N. Hagan (R-NPL) John Kenneth Murray (R) [10] 34R, 14D, 1I (R-NPL majority) 87R, 26D (R-NPL majority)
Owen T. Owen (R) [10]
1938 Claude P. Stone (R) [10]
1939 John Moses (D) Jack A. Patterson (R) John R. Omland (R) Math Dahl (R-NPL) William T. DePuy (D) [10] 39R, 10D (R-NPL majority) 106R, 7D (R-NPL majority)
Lee Nichols (R) [10]
John Gray (D) [16]
1941 Oscar W. Hagen (R-NPL) Herman Thorson (R) Carl Anderson (R) John Gray (NP) [16] [5] 44R, 5D (R-IVA majority) 103R, 10D (R-IVA majority) William Langer (R-NPL) [5] 2R Wendell Willkie and Charles L. McNary (R) Red XN
1943 Henry Holt (D) Thomas Hall (R) 45R, 4D (R-IVA majority) 106R, 7D (R-IVA majority) 1R, 1R-NPL
1945 Fred George Aandahl (R) Clarence P. Dahl (R) Nels G. Johnson (R) [3] Otto Krueger (R) [17] Otto Krueger (R) [11] 46R, 3D (R-ROC Majority) 109R, 4D (R-ROC Majority) John Moses (D) [5] Thomas E. Dewey and John W. Bricker (R) Red XN
Hjalmer W. Swenson (R) [11] Milton Young (R) [11]
1946 Garfield B. Nordrum (NP) [11] [3]
1947 111R, 2D (R-ROC Majority)
1948 Peter O. Sathre (R) [6]
1949 Albert Jacobson (R) 47R, 2D (R-ROC Majority) Thomas E. Dewey and Earl Warren (R) Red XN
1951 Clarence Norman Brunsdale (R) Ray Schnell (R) Elmo T. Christianson (R) [18] Alfred J. Jensen (R) Marvell F. Peterson (NP) [11] 112R, 1D (R-ROC Majority) 2R
1952 Burtis B. Conyne (NP) [6]
1953 Clarence P. Dahl (R) Ray Thompson (R) J. Arthur Engen (NP) [5] 47R, 2D (R-NPL majority) Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon (R) Green tickY
1954 Paul Benson (R) [6]
1955 Ben Meier (R) Leslie R. Burgum (R) Albert Jacobson (R) [5] 46R, 3D (R-NPL majority) 111R, 2D (R-ROC Majority)
1957 John E. Davis (R) Francis Clyde Duffy (R) Curtis G. Olson (R) 40R, 9 D-NPL 94R, 19D-NPL
1958 Mike J. Baumgartner (R) [6]
1959 Clarence P. Dahl (R) John R. Erickson (R) 34R, 15D-NPL 65R, 48D-NPL Clarence Norman Brunsdale (R) [6] 1R, 1D-NPL
1960 Quentin N. Burdick (D-NPL) [5] Don L. Short (R)
1961 William L. Guy (D-NPL) Orville W. Hagen (R) 28R, 21D-NPL 70R, 41D-NPL 2R, 1D-NPL 2R Richard Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (R) Red XN
1963 Frank A. Wenstrom (R) Helgi Johanneson (R) Phil Hoghaug (R) Frank Albers (R) Lloyd Omdahl (NP/D-NPL) [11] [3] 37R, 12D-NPL 70R, 43D-NPL
1965 Charles Tighe (D-NPL) Walter Christensen (D-NPL) Karsten O. Nygaard (R) Arne Dahl (R) 29R, 20D 65D-NPL, 44R 1R, 1D-NPL Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert Humphrey (D) Green tickY
1966 Edwin O. Sjaasstad (NP) [11] [5]
1967 Arne Dahl (R) [5] Orville W. Hagen (NP/R) 44R, 5D-NPL 83R, 15D-NPL 2R
1969 Richard F. Larsen (R) Bernice Asbridge (R) Jorris O. Wigen (R) Byron Dorgan (NP/D-NPL) [11] 43R, 6D-NPL 80R, 18D-NPL Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew (R) Green tickY
1971 37R, 12D-NPL 58R, 40D-NPL 1R, 1D-NPL
1973 Arthur A. Link (D-NPL) Wayne Sanstead (D-NPL) Allen I. Olson (R) Walter Christensen (D-NPL) [5] Robert W. Peterson (R) 40R, 11D-NPL 76R, 26D-NPL Mark Andrews (R)
1974 Myron Just (D-NPL) [11]
1975 34R, 17D-NPL 62R, 40D-NPL
1977 Byron Knutson (D-NPL) Howard Snortland (NP) 32R, 18D-NPL 50R, 50D-NPL [19] Gerald Ford and Bob Dole (R) Red XN
1979 Robert E. Hanson (D-NPL) [6] 35R, 15D-NPL 71R, 29D-NPL
1981 Allen I. Olson (R) Ernest Sands (R) Robert Wefald (R) John S. Lesmeister (R) Jorris O. Wigen (R) H. Kent Jones (R) Kent Conrad (NP/D-NPL) [20] Joseph Crawford (NP) 40R, 10D-NPL 73R, 27D-NPL Mark Andrews (R) Byron Dorgan (D-NPL) Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush (R) Green tickY
1983 32R, 21D-NPL 55D-NPL, 51R
1985 George A. Sinner (D-NPL) Ruth Meiers (D-NPL) [5] Nicholas Spaeth (D-NPL) Robert E. Hanson (D-NPL) Earl Pomeroy (D-NPL) Wayne Sanstead (NP/D-NPL) 29R, 24D-NPL 65R, 41D-NPL
1986 Heidi Heitkamp (D-NPL) [11]
1987 Lloyd Omdahl (D-NPL) [6] Byron Knutson (NP/D-NPL) 27D-NPL, 26R 61R, 45D-NPL Kent Conrad (D-NPL) [21]
1989 Jim Kusler (D-NPL) Sarah Vogel (D-NPL) 32D-NPL, 21R George H. W. Bush and Dan Quayle (R) Green tickY
1991 Craig Hagen (NP) [3] 27D-NPL, 26R 58R, 48D-NPL
1992 Jocelyn Burdick (D-NPL) [6]
Kent Conrad (D-NPL) Byron Dorgan (D-NPL) [22]
1993 Ed Schafer (R) Rosemarie Myrdal (R) Alvin Jaeger (R) [23] Heidi Heitkamp (D-NPL) Kathi Gilmore (D-NPL) Glenn Pomeroy (D-NPL) Robert E. Hanson (D-NPL) 25D-NPL, 24R 65R, 33D-NPL Earl Pomeroy (D-NPL) George H. W. Bush and Dan Quayle (R) Red XN
1995 29R, 20D-NPL 75R, 23D-NPL
1997 Bob Peterson (R) Roger Johnson (D-NPL) [3] Rick Clayburgh (R) [3] 30R, 19D-NPL 72R, 26D-NPL Bob Dole and Jack Kemp (R) Red XN
1999 Appointed by Governor 31R, 18D-NPL 64R, 34D-NPL
2001 John Hoeven (R) [20] Jack Dalrymple (R) Wayne Stenehjem (R) Jim Poolman (R) [3] 32R, 17D-NPL 69R, 29D-NPL 3R George W. Bush and Dick Cheney (R) Green tickY
2003 31R, 16D-NPL 66R, 28D-NPL
2005 Kelly Schmidt (R) 32R, 15D-NPL 67R, 27D-NPL
Cory Fong (R) [11]
2007 26R, 21D-NPL 61R, 33D-NPL
Adam Hamm (R) [11]
2009 Doug Goehring (R) [11] 58R, 36D-NPL John McCain and Sarah Palin (R) Red XN
2011 Jack Dalrymple (R) [24] Drew Wrigley (R) [6] 35R, 12D-NPL 69R, 25D-NPL John Hoeven (R) Rick Berg (R)
2013 Kirsten Baesler (NP/R) 33R, 14D-NPL 71R, 23D-NPL Heidi Heitkamp (D-NPL) Kevin Cramer (R) Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (R) Red XN
2014 Ryan Rauschenberger (R)
2015 32R, 15D-NPL
2017 Doug Burgum (R) Brent Sanford (R) Josh Gallion (R) Jon Godfread (R) 38R, 9D-NPL 81R, 13D-NPL Donald Trump and Mike Pence (R) Green tickY
2019 37R, 10D-NPL 79R, 15D-NPL Kevin Cramer (R) Kelly Armstrong (R)
Year Governor Lt. Governor Sec. of State Attorney General Treasurer Auditor Ins. Comm. Ag. Comm. [1] Labor Comm. [1] Tax Comm. Supt. of Pub. Inst. State Senate State House Pub. Ser. Com. [2] U.S. Senator (Class I) U.S. Senator (Class III) U.S. House Electoral College votes
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  1. ^ a b c d e The Commissioner of Agriculture and Labor was an elected official who headed the state Department of Agriculture and Labor. The office was established by the state constitution in 1889 but was split into two separate offices—the Commissioner of Labor and the Commissioner of Agriculture—in 1966, when the two departments also split due to a constitutional change approved by the electorate in 1964.
  2. ^ a b Named North Dakota Railroad Commission until 1940.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Resigned.
  4. ^ Office established in 1919.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Died in office.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Appointed by governor to fill vacancy.
  7. ^ George E. Adams won the 1892 election but did not qualify for the office; Williams was appointed to the position instead.
  8. ^ a b Succeeded to office following death or resignation of previous officeholder.
  9. ^ a b c Recalled.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l The office was an appointed position from 1919 until 1940. Partisan affiliation given is that of corresponding Governor.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Appointed by governor to fill vacancy. Later elected to office in his or her own right.
  12. ^ Removed from office by the North Dakota Supreme Court following a felony conviction to defraud the federal government.
  13. ^ Resigned following appointment to North Dakota Supreme Court.
  14. ^ a b Declared governor by North Dakota Supreme Court.
  15. ^ After Moodie's inauguration on January 7, 1935, it was revealed that he had voted in a 1932 municipal election in Minnesota. In order to be eligible to serve as governor of North Dakota, an individual has to have lived in the state for five consecutive years before the election. The North Dakota Supreme Court determined that Moodie was ineligible to serve, and he was removed from office on February 16, 1935.
  16. ^ a b Was a first appointed by a Democratic governor, although beginning in 1940 he ran on a nonpartisan ballot.
  17. ^ Resigned to become North Dakota Insurance Commissioner
  18. ^ Removed from office following conviction on federal gambling conspiracy charges.
  19. ^ With the 50-50 chamber, the Democrats and Republicans negotiated a power-sharing agreement. The Democrats got the position of Speaker under Oscar Solberg, and the Republicans got control of the Appropriations Committee, and the rest of the committees were 50-50 in membership and control. p.358 p.24
  20. ^ a b Resigned to become U.S. Senator.
  21. ^ Resigned following election to Class I U.S. Senate seat.
  22. ^ Appointed by governor to fill vacancy, having already been elected to next term.
  23. ^ Elected as an independent in the 2018 Secretary of State election, but continued to identify as a Republican.
  24. ^ Succeeded to office following death or resignation of previous officeholder. Later elected to office in his or her own right.

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