Dickinson's Wardner New ND Senate Majority LeaderBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dickinson Sen. Rich Wardner was elected Tuesday night as the North Dakota Senate's new Republican majority leader.
By: Associated Press,
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dickinson Sen. Rich Wardner was elected Tuesday night as the North Dakota Senate's new Republican majority leader.
It took Wardner three ballots to beat three rival candidates. Wardner beat Fessenden Sen. Jerry Klein on the final ballot.
Wardner succeeds former Bismarck Sen. Bob Stenehjem (STEN'-juhm). Stenehjem was killed July 18 in a traffic accident in Alaska. He was the Senate's Republican majority leader for a decade.
Wardner, Klein, Tony Grindberg of Fargo and Dick Dever (DEH'-vur) of Bismarck competed for the job.
The North Dakota Senate has 35 Republicans and 12 Democrats. Senate Republicans won't hold another leadership election until December 2012, just before the 2013 Legislature.
Senators said the election was held to give the new leader time to get acclimated before the Legislature's special session this fall.