BISMARCK, ND – Senator John Hoeven, Governor Jack Dalrymple and Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley today announced their support for Randy Christmann for Public Service Commission. Hoeven, Dalrymple and Wrigley were joined by nine statewide elected leaders, 96 state legislators, and 30 local elected officials who cited Christmann’s private and public sector leadership in helping to grow and expand North Dakota’s economy.
“Senator Christmann has been a hard-working senator and advocate for the state of North Dakota. As governor, I worked with Sen. Christmann to help grow and diversify our state’s economy,” said Hoeven. “Randy has a strong record of standing up and doing what is right for North Dakota, and his experience and leadership is what we need in the Public Service Commission.”
“Randy Christmann has served North Dakota well as a legislative leader for more than 15 years,” said Dalrymple. “He has the background and experience that the Public Service Commission needs. In these unique times, we need officials who respect and support private property owners’ rights. We need leaders who will work to continue the success of our energy and ag industries. That leader is Randy Christmann and I support him for Public Service Commissioner.”
“I’ve known Randy Christmann for several years,” said Wrigley. “Randy is a knowledgeable leader in our top industries, and he has a firm understanding of a balanced approach to energy development, which has helped make North Dakota one of the leading producers of energy for our nation. Through his hard work and dedication to public service, Randy has repeatedly demonstrated that he is the right choice for the Public Service Commission.”
Christmann has served as a State Senator for District 33 for 19 years, assistant majority leader for 12 years, and as a member of the Appropriations Committee for 10 years. Throughout his service, Christmann has helped put the policies in place to encourage development of both traditional and renewable energy resources, has helped pass more than $1 billion in funding for roads and infrastructure, and passed $639 million flood disaster relief.
State legislators also joined Hoeven and Dalrymple in their support of Christmann, pointing to his unique experience in the private sector to help develop North Dakota’s utilities and telecommunications while protecting landowners’ rights. Christmann is the owner of a 106-year-old, third generation ranch, and currently serves as the Vice President of the Lignite Research Council, as a Director of West River Telecommunications and as a Director of the ND Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives.
“Randy has the leadership skills and real-life experience to take to the Public Service Commission,” said Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner. “I’m proud to support a candidate that understands the balance that is needed between agriculture, energy, and local resources to help us continue growing our economy through fair and responsible regulation.”
“He has been a state leader who has brought increased transparency to government and government operations,” said Rep. Al Carlson, Majority Leader for the North Dakota House. “Randy will be a strong advocate for landowners and the citizens of North Dakota to ensure they continue to receive fair and consistent representation in the public Service Commission.”
Thirty local leaders also expressed their support for Christmann, highlighting his support for local government.
“I support Randy Christmann for Public Service Commissioner because dependable and affordable utilities are important to every local economy, in or out of the oil field,” said Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen. “We need Randy on the Public Service Commission because he knows that North Dakota’s booming economy was not built through burdensome regulation but through development and utilization of our resources in a responsible way.”
“I’m humbled to receive the support of so many dedicated leaders and public servants,” said Christmann. “Each and every one of these individuals has played a vital role in making North Dakota the economic leader and bright spot in the nation that it is today, and I look forward to continuing working with them to continue North Dakota’s progress and prosperity.”
Randy Christmann is a Republican State Senator running for Public Service Commissioner. In 2000, Senate Republicans chose Randy to serve as their Assistant Majority Leader. He also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Randy operates a 106-year-old third generation cattle ranch West of Hazen.