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John Hoeven

Assumed office 
December 15, 2000
Lieutenant Jack Dalrymple
Preceded by Ed Schafer

Born March 13, 1957 (1957-03-13) (age 52)
Bismarck, North Dakota
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mikey L. Hoeven
Residence Minot, North Dakota
Alma mater Dartmouth College, A.B.
Northwestern University, M.B.A.
Profession Banker
Religion Roman Catholic

John Henry Hoeven III (born March 13, 1957), is the 31st and current Governor of North Dakota and a member of the North Dakota Republican Party. He has been serving as Governor since December 15, 2000, making him the longest-serving current Governor in the United States. Prior to his election to the Governor's office, Hoeven served as the President of the nation's only state-owned bank, the Bank of North Dakota, from 1993 to 2000. On January 11, 2010, Hoeven announced he is running in the 2010 North Dakota Senate election for the seat being vacated by Senator Byron Dorgan.[1] Aggregate polling indicates that Hoeven has large leads against potential Democratic opponents and the race currently leans Republican.[2][3]



John Hoeven was born in Bismarck, North Dakota, and attended Dartmouth College where he was a brother of Alpha Chi Alpha Fraternity and later graduated with honors. He then received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and was a banker in Minot, North Dakota prior to pursuing a political career. From 1993 to 2000, he was the president and CEO of the state-owned Bank of North Dakota. He sought the office of the Governor of North Dakota as a Republican in 2000, and he was elected, defeating Democrat Heidi Heitkamp by a margin of 55 to 45 percent. Hoeven's governorship has also included a number of high-profile lawsuits brought against the state on everything from water management to hunting licenses to prison abuse. In 2004, when up for re-election, Hoeven faced Democratic challenger Joe Satrom. Hoeven won re-election by a wide margin of 71 to 28 percent. In late 2006, the state's budget surplus rose past $600 million dollars. As of December 2009, Hoeven is the most popular governor in the nation. His approval rating stands at 87 percent with only 10 percent disapproving.[4] In 2007, Hoeven proposed a 24% increase in spending, effectively halving the state's $600 million surplus.

In January 2007, Hoeven became the nation's most senior governor, having been inaugurated on December 15, 2000, as established by the North Dakota Constitution. The nation's second longest serving governor is Rick Perry of Texas, who took office on December 21, 2000, when George W. Bush resigned the governorship in preparation to become President.[5]

2008 gubernatorial race

On September 25, 2007, Hoeven's deputy press secretary, Don Larson, announced that he would be taking a leave of absence from his job to manage the governor's re-election campaign. Another Hoeven staff member, Don Canton, said this was not a formal re-election announcement, but one would be coming later in the fall. On November 13, Governor Hoeven made his formal announcement and campaign kickoff with stops in Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck and Minot.[6] On November 4, 2008 Hoeven won a resounding victory carrying 74% of the vote over the Democratic opponent Tim Mathern with 24% of the vote. This is the first time in North Dakota's history that any governor has won three 4 year terms in office.

Political positions

Hoeven has walked a conservative line as a politician on some issues and a moderate one on others including increasing education funding, ethics reform, compensation for teachers, as well as increased funding on infrastructure. He is Pro-Life and opposes abortion except for cases of rape, incest, or threat to the Mother's life. He also opposes same-sex marriage. The governor supports decreasing access to parole for offenders and supports second amendment rights. He opposes the Employee Free Choice Act. He believes that public health care should be provided only to the elderly and children, that drug control policy should be a state and not a federal issue, that alternative fuels are a long-term solution but that more oil is required now, and that investment tax credits should be provided for farm investment[1].


Hoeven has been the target of criticism from some conservatives in his state, one source being North Dakota political website Say Anything. Hoeven's support for government-backed economic development and spending programs have been likened to economic stimulus efforts by President Barack Obama and other Democrats at the federal level [7]. The Republican-dominated state legislature has passed Hoeven budgets that have increased spending in the state by roughly 50% over the last two legislative sessions by a wide, bipartisan margin [8].


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Preceded by
Joseph Lamb
President of the Bank of North Dakota
Succeeded by
Eric Hardmeyer
Political offices
Preceded by
Ed Schafer
Governor of North Dakota

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John Hoeven

John Hoeven (March 13, 1957) was the Governor of the U.S. state of North Dakota. He was born in Bismarck, North Dakota. He took office as Governor on December 15, 2000, and left office on December 7, 2010. He is a member of the United States Republican Party. In 2010, Hoeven was elected to the United States Senate.

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