Randy Christmann operates a 106-year-old third generation cattle ranch west of Hazen, North Dakota. His wife Bethanie is a mortgage loan officer and Assistant Vice-President at the Union Bank of Beulah, Hazen, and Halliday.
Before graduating from Hazen High School in 1978 Randy enlisted in the North Dakota Army National Guard. He also enrolled at North Dakota State University and graduated from there in 1982 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Randy was elected to the North Dakota Senate in 1994 when he upset a long-time incumbent Democrat committee chairman, helping Republicans achieve majority status in the North Dakota Senate. He initially focused mostly on energy, taxation, and natural resources issues.
Governor Ed Schafer appointed Randy to serve as one of the two legislative appointees on the Lignite Research Council. He has continued to serve in this position under Governor John Hoeven and Governor Jack Dalrymple and is currently Vice-Chairman of the Lignite Research Council.
In 1999 the members of West River Telecommunications elected Randy to serve on its board of directors. In the last 13 years WRT has nearly doubled in size, growing into a $100 million company with over 70 employees. They provide telephone and broadband service to part or all of 17 counties in North and South Dakota. West River is also a leader in the development of cellular service in North Dakota as a major partner with Verizon Wireless.
Following the statewide general election in 2000, Senate Republicans chose Randy to serve as their Assistant Majority Leader. He has been re-elected to this post every two years since then, making him one of North Dakota’s longest serving legislative leaders in recent memory. He also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee.