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Published November 30, 2012, 03:03 PM

Top Aide to Hoeven the Pick for ND Public Service Commission

A top aide to North Dakota U.S. Sen. John Hoeven is being named to the state Public Service Commission. The Associated Press has learned from two state government officials that Julie Fedorchak will succeed Kevin Cramer on the state regulatory board.

By: Dale Wetzel, Associated Press

BISMARCK — A top aide to North Dakota U.S. Sen. John Hoeven is being named to the state Public Service Commission.

The Associated Press has learned from two state government officials that Julie Fedorchak will succeed Kevin Cramer on the state regulatory board.

The state officials with firsthand knowledge of the appointment spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the matter before Gov. Jack Dalrymple's official announcement. That's expected Friday afternoon.

Both Fedorchak and Cramer are Republicans. Cramer was elected to the U.S. House this month and has said he will resign his seat by year's end.

Fedorchak is the state director of Hoeven's U.S. Senate staff. She worked as a press secretary to former Republican Gov. Ed Schafer and has run her own consulting business.

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