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Quick Facts
Personal Details

JoNell Bakke (Democrat) is a former member of the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 43. Bakke won the general election on November 6, 2018, after advancing from the primary on June 12, 2018.


Bakke is a former Democratic member of the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 43 from 2006 to 2010.

Bakke earned her B.S. and M.A. in Elementary and Special Education from the University of North Dakota. Bakke is a Special Education Teacher.

Education

  • MEd, Special Education, University of North Dakota, 1988-1997
  • BEd, Elementary and Special Education, University of North Dakota, 1969-1973

Professional Experience

  • MEd, Special Education, University of North Dakota, 1988-1997
  • BEd, Elementary and Special Education, University of North Dakota, 1969-1973
  • Special Education Teacher, Grand Forks Public School, 1983-2013

Political Experience

  • MEd, Special Education, University of North Dakota, 1988-1997
  • BEd, Elementary and Special Education, University of North Dakota, 1969-1973
  • Special Education Teacher, Grand Forks Public School, 1983-2013
  • Senator, North Dakota State Senate, District 43, 2006-2010, 2018-present
  • Candidate, North Dakota State Senate, District 43, 2018
  • Candidate, North Dakota State Senate, District 43, 2014
  • Candidate, North Dakota State Senate, District 43, 2010

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Education Committee, North Dakota State Senate

Former Member, Political Subdivisions Committee, North Dakota State Senate

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Arrangements for Senate Committee Rooms Committee

Member, Commission on Juvenile Justice

Member, Correction and Revision of the Journal Committee

Member, Joint Committee on Human Services

Member, Joint Judiciary Committee

Member, Joint Review Committee on Workers' Compensation

Member, Judiciary Committee

Member, Transportation Committee

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • MEd, Special Education, University of North Dakota, 1988-1997
  • BEd, Elementary and Special Education, University of North Dakota, 1969-1973
  • Special Education Teacher, Grand Forks Public School, 1983-2013
  • Senator, North Dakota State Senate, District 43, 2006-2010, 2018-present
  • Candidate, North Dakota State Senate, District 43, 2018
  • Candidate, North Dakota State Senate, District 43, 2014
  • Candidate, North Dakota State Senate, District 43, 2010
  • Former Chair, Advisory Board, Area Health Education Centers
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, North Dakota Education Association
  • Former Vice Chair, Board of Directors, North Dakota Human Rights Coalition
  • Local President, Council for Exceptional Children
  • Chair, District 43, Democratic-NPL Party
  • PRIDE Trainer, Grand Forks County
  • Former President/Advocacy Chair, Grand Forks Education Association
  • Mentoring Coordinator, Grand Forks Public Schools
  • Chair/Board of Examiners, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Member, North Dakota State Board of Examiners
  • Former Chair, North Dakota Women's Network
  • Member/State Trainer, State Mentoring Advisory Board

Other Info

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Elections

2018

General election
General election for North Dakota State Senate District 43

JoNell Bakke (D) defeated incumbent Lonnie Laffen (R) in the general election for North Dakota State Senate District 43 on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

JoNell Bakke (D)
52.6
2,692

Lonnie Laffen (R)
47.3
2,420
Other/Write-in votes
0.1
7

Total votes: 5,119
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for North Dakota State Senate District 43

JoNell Bakke advanced from the Democratic primary for North Dakota State Senate District 43 on June 12, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

JoNell Bakke (D)
100
630

Total votes: 630
Republican primary election
Republican primary for North Dakota State Senate District 43

Incumbent Lonnie Laffen advanced from the Republican primary for North Dakota State Senate District 43 on June 12, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Lonnie Laffen (R)
100
621

Total votes: 621


2014

Elections for the North Dakota State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 7, 2014. Incumbent Lonnie Laffen was unopposed in the Republican primary, while JoNell Bakke was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Laffen defeated Bakke in the general election.

North Dakota State Senate, District 43, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLonnie Laffen Incumbent 53.3% 2,102
Democratic JoNell Bakke 46.7% 1,841
Total Votes 3,943

2010

Bakke lost her bid for re-election to the North Dakota State Senate in the November 2 general election. She was defeated by Lonnie Laffen (R). Bakke was unopposed in the primary election on June 8, 2010.

North Dakota State Senate, District 43
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lonnie Laffen (R) 2,102 52.80%
JoNell A Bakke (D) 1,872 47.02%

2006

On November 7, 2006, Bakke was elected to the 43rd District Seat in the North Dakota State Senate, besting Duaine Espegard (R). Bakke raised $1,500 for her campaign, while Espegard raised $9,358.

North Dakota Senate, District 43 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png JoNell Bakke (D) 1,882
Duaine Espegard (R) 1,725