Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame
Originally from Minot, N.D., Hoeven has served as governor to the State of North Dakota from 2000 to 2010. In 2011, Hoeven was swon in as North Dakota’s 22nd U.S. Senator.
Under Hoeven’s leadership as governor, North Dakota expanded and diversified its economy and gained thousands of new jobs. North Dakota’s wages and personal income today continue to grow faster than the national average, and in recent years the state has led the nation in export growth. North Dakota has also balanced its budget, set aside more than $1 billion in reserves for the future, cut taxes, and invested in priorities like education, health care, strong law enforcement and quality infrastructure.
As governor, Hoeven also placed a strong focus on developing North Dakota’s vast energy resources. Beginning in 2001, he initiated EmPower ND, a comprehensive energy program for the state that included all energy resources, as well as a conservation component. North Dakota stands as one of the largest energy producing and exporting states in the nation, and in 2012 ranked as the second largest oil-producing state in the country.
Currently, Senator Hoeven is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee; the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. He serves as the Ranking Member on the Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee.