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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Rich Wardner (Republican Party) is a member of the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 37. He assumed office in 1998. His current term ends on November 30, 2022.

Wardner (Republican Party) ran for re-election to the North Dakota State Senate to represent District 37. He won in the general election on November 6, 2018.

Wardner served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1991 to 1997.

Wardner earned his B.S. from Dickinson State University and his M.S. from Northern State University. His professional experience includes working as a math and chemistry teacher at Dickinson High School.

Caucuses/Former Committees

Former Member, Appropriations Committee, North Dakota State Assembly

Former Member, Emergency Commission, North Dakota State Senate

Former Member, Joint Advisory Committee on Legislative Revenue, North Dakota State Senate

Former Chair, Joint Committee on Energy Development and Transmission, North Dakota State Senate

Former Vice Chair, Joint Committee on Legacy Fund Earnings, North Dakota State Senate

Former Chair, Joint Committee on Legislative Procedure and Arrangements, North Dakota State Senate

Former Member, Joint Committee on Tribal Taxation Issues, North Dakota State Senate

Former Member, Joint Review Committee on Federal Environmental Law Impact, North Dakota State Senate

Chair, Council of State Governments, Midwest Legislative Conference, 2001-2002

Education

  • BS, Dickinson State University
  • MS, Northern State University

Professional Experience

  • BS, Dickinson State University
  • MS, Northern State University
  • Former Math/Chemistry Teacher, Dickinson High School

Political Experience

  • BS, Dickinson State University
  • MS, Northern State University
  • Former Math/Chemistry Teacher, Dickinson High School
  • Majority Leader, North Dakota State Senate, 2013-present
  • Senator, North Dakota State Assembly, 1999-present
  • Candidate, North Dakota State Senate, District 37, 2018
  • Former President Pro Tempore, North Dakota State Senate, 2011
  • Representative, North Dakota State Assembly, 1991-1997

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Appropriations Committee, North Dakota State Assembly

Chair, Council of State Governments, Midwest Legislative Conference, 2001-2002

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Budget Section

Chair, Committee on Committees

Member, Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • BS, Dickinson State University
  • MS, Northern State University
  • Former Math/Chemistry Teacher, Dickinson High School
  • Majority Leader, North Dakota State Senate, 2013-present
  • Senator, North Dakota State Assembly, 1999-present
  • Candidate, North Dakota State Senate, District 37, 2018
  • Former President Pro Tempore, North Dakota State Senate, 2011
  • Representative, North Dakota State Assembly, 1991-1997
  • Former Executive Director, Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Elks
  • Member, Legislative Management
  • Member, Rotary
  • Chair, Sunrise Youth Bureau
State Bills
Elections

2018

General election
General election for North Dakota State Senate District 37

Incumbent Rich Wardner defeated R. Travis Brazelton in the general election for North Dakota State Senate District 37 on November 6, 2018.

Rich Wardner (R)
81.2%
5,212 Votes

R. Travis Brazelton (D)
18.5%
1,186 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.3%
19 Votes

Total votes: 6,417

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for North Dakota State Senate District 37

R. Travis Brazelton advanced from the Democratic primary for North Dakota State Senate District 37 on June 12, 2018.

R. Travis Brazelton
100.0%
375 Votes

Total votes: 375

Republican primary election
Republican primary for North Dakota State Senate District 37

Incumbent Rich Wardner advanced from the Republican primary for North Dakota State Senate District 37 on June 12, 2018.

Rich Wardner
100.0%
1,407 Votes

Total votes: 1,407


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 Rich Wardner was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Keith Fernsler was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Fernsler withdrew from the race before the general election. Wardner was unchallenged in the general election.

2010

Wardner won re-election to the 37th District seat in 2010. He was unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election on November 2, 2010.

North Dakota Senate General Election, District 37 (2010)

Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rich Wardner (R) 4,064 98.98%
Write-in 42 1.02%

2006

On November 7, 2006, Wardner was re-elected to the 37th District Seat in the North Dakota State Senate, besting Chad Berger (D). Wardner raised $4,767 for his campaign, while Berger raised no money.

North Dakota Senate, District 37 (2008)

Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rich Wardner (R) 2,944
Chad Berger (D) 1,518
Speeches