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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Judy Lee (b. March 7, 1942) is a Republican member of the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 13. She was first elected to the chamber in 1994.

Lee earned her B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of North Dakota in 1964. Her professional experience includes working as a medical technician from 1964 to 1975 and as a real estate broker from 1975 to 2002.

Education

  • BS, Medical Technology, University of North Dakota, 1960-1964

Professional Experience

  • BS, Medical Technology, University of North Dakota, 1960-1964
  • Medical Technician, Breckinridge Clinic
  • Real Estate Broker, Park Company Realtors, 1975-2010
  • Medical Technician, Red River Clinic, 1969-1975
  • Medical Technician, Saint Francis Hospital, 1964-1969

Political Experience

  • BS, Medical Technology, University of North Dakota, 1960-1964
  • Medical Technician, Breckinridge Clinic
  • Real Estate Broker, Park Company Realtors, 1975-2010
  • Medical Technician, Red River Clinic, 1969-1975
  • Medical Technician, Saint Francis Hospital, 1964-1969
  • Senator, North Dakota State Assembly, 1995-present
  • Candidate, North Dakota State Senate, District 13, 2018
  • President Pro Tempore, North Dakota State Senate, 2007

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Comprehensive Health Association of North Dakota Board

Chair, Human Services Committee

Member, Joint Advisory Committee on Health Information Technology

Member, Joint Committee on Health Care

Vice Chair, Joint Committee on Human Services

Member, Joint Review Committee on Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review

Member, Political Subdivisions Committee

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • BS, Medical Technology, University of North Dakota, 1960-1964
  • Medical Technician, Breckinridge Clinic
  • Real Estate Broker, Park Company Realtors, 1975-2010
  • Medical Technician, Red River Clinic, 1969-1975
  • Medical Technician, Saint Francis Hospital, 1964-1969
  • Senator, North Dakota State Assembly, 1995-present
  • Candidate, North Dakota State Senate, District 13, 2018
  • President Pro Tempore, North Dakota State Senate, 2007
  • Board Member, Hospice of Red River Valley, 1996-present
  • Member, Planning and Marketing Committee, Dakota Hospital, 1993-present
  • Member, Advisory Board, KDSU Community
  • Board Member, Covering Kids
  • Board Member, Eventide
  • Member, First Lutheran Church
  • Member, League of Women Voters
  • Member, Minnesota Association of Realtors
  • Member, Toastmasters
  • Board Member, University of North Dakota Masters in Public Health
  • Board Member, Vocational Training Center
  • Member, National Academy of State Health Policy, 2007
  • Board Member, Comprehensive Health Association of North Dakota, 2000-2002
  • Member, Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of Realtors, 1995-2002
  • Board Member, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Association, 2000-2002
  • Member, National Association of Realtors, 1995-2002
  • Member, National Federation of Independent Business, 1994-2002
  • Member, North Dakota Association of Realtors, 1995-2002
  • Board Member, Fargo-Moorhead Chamber of Commerce, 1993-1999
  • Commissioner, West Fargo Zoning and Planning Commission, 1982-1994
  • Board Member, United Way of Cass-Clay, 1987-1993
  • Chair, West Fargo Zoning and Planning Commission, 1988-1992
  • Board Member, West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, 1985-1988

Other Info

— Awards:

  • EMS Legislative Vision Award, 2011

West Fargo Civic Excellence Award, 2012

ND Conference of Social Welfare Ruth Meiers Award

Policy Positions

North Dakota State Legislative Election 2002 National Political Awareness Test

Abortion

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

1. Abortions should always be illegal.
- No Answer

2. Abortions should always be legally available.
- No Answer

3. Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
- No Answer

4. Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
- No Answer

5. Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
- No Answer

6. Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
- No Answer

7. Other or expanded principles
- X

Budgetary, Spending and Tax

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.

1. Agriculture
- No Answer

2. Education (Higher)
- No Answer

3. Education (K-12)
- No Answer

4. Environment
- No Answer

5. Health care
- No Answer

6. Law enforcement
- No Answer

7. Transportation and Highway infrastructure
- No Answer

8. Welfare
- No Answer

9. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

1. Alcohol taxes
- No Answer

2. Capital gains taxes
- No Answer

3. Cigarette taxes
- No Answer

4. Corporate taxes
- No Answer

5. Gasoline taxes
- No Answer

6. Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
- No Answer

7. Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
- No Answer

8. Inheritance taxes
- No Answer

9. Property taxes
- No Answer

10. Sales taxes
- No Answer

11. Vehicle taxes
- No Answer

12. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

13. Should Internet sales be taxed?
- Yes

14. Other or expanded principles
- I do not support tax increases, but spending will be determined by funds available.

Campaign Finance and Governmental Reform

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

1. Do you support limiting the number of terms for North Dakota governors?
- No

2. Do you support limiting the number of terms for North Dakota state senators and representatives?
- No

Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?

1. Individual
- Undecided

2. PAC
- Undecided

3. Corporate
- Undecided

4. Political Parties
- Undecided

5. Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
- Undecided

6. Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
- No

7. Do you support voting on-line?
- Undecided

8. Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
- Undecided

9. Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in North Dakota are closed?
- Undecided

10. Should North Dakota recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
- No

11. Should North Dakota restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
- Yes

12. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Crime

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

1. Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
- No Answer

2. Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
- No Answer

3. Implement the use of the death penalty in North Dakota.
- No Answer

4. Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
- No Answer

5. End parole for repeat violent offenders.
- No Answer

6. Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
- X

7. Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
- No Answer

8. Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
- No Answer

9. Lower the .10 blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
- No Answer

10. Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
- No Answer

11. Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
- No Answer

12. Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
- No Answer

13. Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
- No Answer

14. Increase state funding for additional security of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
- No Answer

15. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Educational

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

1. Support national standards and testing of public school students.
- No Answer

2. Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
- No Answer

3. Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
- No Answer

4. Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
- No Answer

5. Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
- No Answer

6. Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools.
- No Answer

7. Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
- No Answer

8. Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
- No Answer

9. Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
- No Answer

10. Increase state funding to expand Head Start programs.
- No Answer

11. Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
- No Answer

12. Offer recent college graduates state-funded financial incentives to stay and work in North Dakota.
- No Answer

13. Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives and HIV/STD prevention methods.
- X

14. Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
- No Answer

15. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Employment and Affirmative Action

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.

1. Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
- No Answer

2. Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
- X

3. Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding or relocating businesses.
- No Answer

4. Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
- No Answer

5. Increase state funds to provide child care for children of low-income working families.
- No Answer

6. Include sexual orientation in North Dakota's anti-discrimination laws.
- No Answer

7. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:

1. College and university admissions
- No

2. Public employment
- No

3. State contracting
- No

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Environmental and Energy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

1. Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
- No Answer

2. Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused or abandoned.
- No Answer

3. Support expanding oil development in North Dakota grasslands.
- No Answer

4. Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
- Undecided

5. Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
- Undecided

6. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Gun

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

1. Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
- No Answer

2. Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

3. Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

4. Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

5. Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
- X

6. Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
- No Answer

7. Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
- No Answer

8. Require a license for gun possession.
- No Answer

9. Other or expanded principles
- X

Health

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

1. Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms or state-funded care where necessary.
- No Answer

2. Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
- No Answer

3. Reduce benefits for Medicaid recipients in order to alleviate budget shortfalls.
- No Answer

4. Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
- X

5. Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
- No Answer

6. Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied by their HMO.
- No Answer

7. Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
- No Answer

8. Legalize physician-assisted suicide in North Dakota.
- No Answer

9. Use North Dakota's portion of the national tobacco settlement only for anti-smoking and health programs.
- No Answer

10. Increase state funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
- No Answer

11. Other or expanded principles
- X

Welfare and Poverty

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

1. Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
- X

2. Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
- No Answer

3. Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
- No Answer

4. Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
- No Answer

5. Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
- No Answer

6. Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
- No Answer

7. Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
- No Answer

8. Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
- No Answer

9. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Legislative Priorities

In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
- No Answer

State Bills