I am a native of Ray, ND, and have called Bismarck my home since attending and graduating from the University of Mary with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education.
I spent my professional years working in teaching and education, non-profit management and government. In 2014, I was elected to a 4-year term to the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 35 in central Bismarck.
Since my election, I have served on the Education, Agriculture, and Energy and Natural Resources Committees. While focusing on building relationships, engaging in respectful dialogue, and working across the aisle, I was elected to the Legislative Management Committee and earned the chairmanship position of the Education Policy Committee during the 2017-18 Interim. During my short time in office, I was selected to represent North Dakota at a number of regional and national bipartisan leadership conferences and I was recognized as one of Governing Institute’s 2016 Class of Women in Government.
Beyond serving in office, I remain active in my state and community. I serve on the Board of Directors for both Designer Genes of North Dakota and YouthWorks, non-profit organizations that serve and assist families and individuals with Downs syndrome and homeless and runaway youth, respectively. I am also a member of the North Dakota University Foundation and North Dakota Farmers Union, and I enjoy playing piano in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s Celebrate band and league volleyball with my girlfriends.
I live in Bismarck with my husband, Chad, the Executive Director of North Dakota United, and our best boy, Evin Liam, born October 2, 2016.