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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Al Jaeger (independent) is the North Dakota Secretary of State. He assumed office on January 1, 1993. His current term ends on January 1, 2023.

Jaeger (independent) ran for re-election for North Dakota Secretary of State. He won in the general election on November 6, 2018.

Jaeger was first elected as a Republican. He announced in May 2018 that he would run as an independent after Will Gardner, who had been endorsed by the state Republican Party, dropped out of the race after the filing deadline for partisan candidates had passed. Jaeger had initially announced after the endorsement that he would not seek re-election in 2018. As of January 2020, Jaeger was listed as a Republican by both the National Association of Secretaries of State and the Republican Party of North Dakota.

Jaeger served eight terms on the executive committee of the National Association of Secretaries of State. Prior to his election as secretary of state Jaeger did not serve in any other offices. He was a self-employed real estate broker and had his own brokerage business.

Shortly following his graduation from Dickinson State University, Jaeger taught at Killdeer High School for three years and then at Kenmare High School for another two years. From 1966 and 1972 he balanced his professional career with his duties as an active member of the North Dakota Army National Guard. After he moved to Fargo, North Dakota, in 1971, Jaeger worked for two years as a marketing analyst for the Mobil Oil Corporation. From 1973 to 1992, Jaeger operated his own real estate brokerage firm in Fargo.

Jaeger serves as Chairman of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Standing Committee on Awards and Publications and liaison to the Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR) Section of NASS. He is also a member at large for the Executive Committee of the NASS, and a member of North Dakota Board of University and School Lands, of the North Dakota Emergency Commission Member, and of the North Dakota State Historical Society.

Education

  • Graduated from Beulah High School (1961)
  • A.A., Bismarck State College (1963)
  • B.A., in business education, Dickinson State University (1966)
  • Graduate work, University of North Dakota (1968)
  • Graduate work, Montana State University (1970)

Political career

  • 1992 - Present: North Dakota Secretary of State


Education

  • Attended, Montana State University, 1970
  • Attended, University of North Dakota, 1968
  • BS, Dickinson State College, 1966
  • AA, Bismarck State College, 1963

Professional Experience

  • Attended, Montana State University, 1970
  • Attended, University of North Dakota, 1968
  • BS, Dickinson State College, 1966
  • AA, Bismarck State College, 1963
  • Marketing Analyst, Mobil Oil Corporation, 1971-1973
  • Served, North Dakota Army National Guard, 1966-1972
  • Teacher, Kenmare High School, 1969-1971
  • Teacher, Killdeer High School, 1966-1969

Political Experience

  • Attended, Montana State University, 1970
  • Attended, University of North Dakota, 1968
  • BS, Dickinson State College, 1966
  • AA, Bismarck State College, 1963
  • Marketing Analyst, Mobil Oil Corporation, 1971-1973
  • Served, North Dakota Army National Guard, 1966-1972
  • Teacher, Kenmare High School, 1969-1971
  • Teacher, Killdeer High School, 1966-1969
  • Secretary of State, State of North Dakota, 1993-present
  • Candidate, North Dakota Secretary of State, 2018

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • Attended, Montana State University, 1970
  • Attended, University of North Dakota, 1968
  • BS, Dickinson State College, 1966
  • AA, Bismarck State College, 1963
  • Marketing Analyst, Mobil Oil Corporation, 1971-1973
  • Served, North Dakota Army National Guard, 1966-1972
  • Teacher, Kenmare High School, 1969-1971
  • Teacher, Killdeer High School, 1966-1969
  • Secretary of State, State of North Dakota, 1993-present
  • Candidate, North Dakota Secretary of State, 2018
  • Member-at-Large, Executive Committee, National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), 2018-present
  • Member, National Association of Secretaries of State, 1993-present
  • Chair, Awards Committee, National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), present
  • Member, Charity Lutheran Church, present
  • Member, Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of Realtors, present
  • Member, Kiwanis Club of Bismarck, present
  • Member, North Dakota Association of Realtors, present
  • Member, North Dakota Board of University and School Lands, present
  • Member, North Dakota Emergency Commission, present
  • Member, North Dakota Historical Board, present
  • Member, North Dakota State Historical Society, present
  • Vice President/Secretary, Fargo Chapter, United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees)
  • Former Member, Fargo Rough Riders Kiwanis Club
  • Former Council Member/Foundation Board Member, Hope Lutheran Church, Fargo
  • Former Member, Kenmare Chapter, Jaycees
  • Former Member, Killdeer Chapter, Jaycees
  • President, Kiwanis Club of Bismarck, 2007-2008

Other Info

— Awards:

  • Alumni Fellow, Department of Business and Management, Dickinson State University

Realtor of the Year Award from Fargo-Moorehead Area Association of Realtors (FMAAR)

Gold-level Blood Donor

Distinguished Service Award, Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of Realtors (FMAAR)

Alumnus of the Year, Bismarck State College, 2009

Elections

2018


General election
General election for North Dakota Secretary of State

Incumbent Al Jaeger (Independent) defeated Joshua A. Boschee (D) and Michael Coachman (Independent) in the general election for North Dakota Secretary of State on November 6, 2018.

Al Jaeger (Independent)
47.3%
145,275 Votes

Joshua A. Boschee (D)
39.2%
120,475 Votes

Michael Coachman (Independent)
13.2%
40,590 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.3%
937 Votes

Total votes: 307,277
(100.00% precincts reporting)

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for North Dakota Secretary of State

Joshua A. Boschee advanced from the Democratic primary for North Dakota Secretary of State on June 12, 2018.

Joshua A. Boschee (D)
100%
33,039 Votes

Total votes: 33,039

Republican primary election
Republican primary for North Dakota Secretary of State

Will Gardner advanced from the Republican primary for North Dakota Secretary of State on June 12, 2018.

Will Gardner (R)
100%
54,563 Votes

Total votes: 54,563

Libertarian primary election
Libertarian primary for North Dakota Secretary of State

Roland Riemers advanced from the Libertarian primary for North Dakota Secretary of State on June 12, 2018.

Roland Riemers (L)
100%
247 Votes

Total votes: 247


2014

Jaeger ran for re-election as North Dakota Secretary of State in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the unopposed primary on June 10. The general election took place on November 4, 2014.

Results

General election

Secretary of State of North Dakota, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAl Jaeger Incumbent 62.4% 152,085
Democratic April Fairfield 32.2% 78,474
Libertarian Roland Riemers 5.3% 12,920
Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 278
Total Votes 243,757
Election results via North Dakota Secretary of State

2010

  • 2010 General Election
  • Jaeger won with 62.44% of the vote. He was unopposed in the Republican primary election.

Secretary of State, 2010

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAl Jaeger Incumbent 62.4% 145,882
Democrat Corey Mock 37.5% 87,519
Write-ins Write-ins 0.1% 222
Total Votes 233,623

2006

  • 2006 General Election
  • Jaeger defeated Kristin Hedger with 53.92% of the vote. He was unopposed in the Republican primary election.

Secretary of State, 2006

2004

  • 2004 General Election
  • Jaeger won with 65.16% of the vote. He was unopposed in the Republican primary election.

Secretary of State, 2004

2000

  • 2000 General Election
  • Jaeger defeated Democratic opponent Dennis Bercier with 65.6% of the vote. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary contest.

Secretary of State, 2000