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Stenehjem to seek re-election as ND attorney general

Gubernatorial candidate Wayne Stenehjem speaks during the Republican district convention Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at PRACS in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

BISMARCK — Longtime North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem will seek re-election this year, he said Monday, Feb. 5.

Stenehjem, a Republican and former state lawmaker who was first elected as the state’s attorney general in 2000, touted efforts to fight “federal government overreach,” drug dealing, and human trafficking while protecting consumers from fraud.

“I am proud of the work our agency has done to protect our citizens, but our work is not yet done,” Stenehjem said in a statement.

Stenehjem, a native of Mohall, N.D., was elected to the state House in 1976 before earning a law degree from the University of North Dakota in 1977. He won a state Senate seat in 1980.

Stenehjem was re-elected as attorney general in 2014 with almost three-fourths of the vote. He lost his bid for governor in 2016, when Doug Burgum defeated him in the Republican primary election.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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