My Focus:  Innovative Education, Strong Families, Smart Taxation

 When I rise to speak in the ND Senate chamber, I'm serving as your voice on legislative issues. Every day, I hear your stories and strive to represent your interests when we shape policy.

When I rise to speak in the ND Senate chamber, I'm serving as your voice on legislative issues. Every day, I hear your stories and strive to represent your interests when we shape policy.

 I work across the aisle to get things done. Here, I'm talking about innovative education with Gov. Doug Burgum, Kirsten Baesler - who heads the Dept of Public Instruction, and others.

I work across the aisle to get things done. Here, I'm talking about innovative education with Gov. Doug Burgum, Kirsten Baesler - who heads the Dept of Public Instruction, and others.

Your priorities are my priorities in the legislature. Since being elected to the North Dakota Senate in 2014, I have focused on the issues that you have told me are important to you.

Innovative Education:  Ensuring our students have a quality education has been one of my main goals as your senator. My work has included legislation that enables greater innovation and flexibility in our classrooms. Additionally, I'm chair of the interim education committee, where we are identifying opportunities for even greater efficiency.

Strong families:  When my husband and I adopted our son, Evin, it became clear that the adoption process in North Dakota was not as clear as it should be. I was proud to work across the aisle to improve this section of our law so in the future, couples who build their families through adoption have an easier process to follow.

Smart Taxation: Another focus area is using our tax system to help families and our business community. As one example, I proposed a corporate income tax credit for reimbursement of employees' child care expenses. By making it easier for employees to secure daycare so they can come to work, we would have given businesses another tool to use when they face a workforce shortage while helping families at the same time. I'll continue to explore creative solutions like this for businesses and families going forward.

 I was proud to help make the adoption process in our state easier for families. My son Evin was part of the bill signing ceremony, along with Gov. Doug Burgum and my Republican and Democrat co-sponsors.

I was proud to help make the adoption process in our state easier for families. My son Evin was part of the bill signing ceremony, along with Gov. Doug Burgum and my Republican and Democrat co-sponsors.

 Hosting visitors at the capital - especially students - is always a highlight!

Hosting visitors at the capital - especially students - is always a highlight!

accountable to you

Every day I have served as a state senator, my goal has been to listen, learn, and find solutions. I hope you have seen that when we have talked on your doorsteps, when you have emailed me your thoughts on an issue, and when you have seen my collaboration with other leaders across our government. Should I earn your support for another term, I will strive to always be open-minded, accessible and approachable as I work to address the challenges we face as a state. 

My Bills: 

Bills sponsored during the 2017 Legislative Assembly

Bills sponsored during the 2015 Legislative Assembly