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Governor Makes Big Announcement After Dropping Out of GOP Race

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Doug Burgum, the Republican governor of North Dakota, declared on Monday that he will not be running for a third term in office, more than a month after abandoning his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

The obscure governor’s recent support for former President Donald Trump and Trump’s commendation of Burgum have contributed to conjecture regarding the possibility of Burgum being appointed to a second Trump administration.

Burgum, 67 years old and a prosperous software entrepreneur, defeated the state’s popular attorney general in the 2016 Republican gubernatorial primary.

He ran on the platform of “reinventing” state government in the face of a $1 billion shortfall in state revenue. By decisive margins, he subsequently secured re-election in 2020 and won his inaugural term.

“Serving as governor and first lady of the great state of North Dakota has been one of the most incredible and rewarding experiences of our lives,” Burgum said in a statement Monday. “Kathryn and I are eternally grateful to the citizens of North Dakota for twice giving us this opportunity to serve the state we love so much.”

His decision unseals the competition for the highest-ranking position in the state administration of the sparsely populated state.

Supermajorities of the legislature’s members and every statewide and congressional seat are held by the Republican Party. Since the 2012 U.S. Senate victory of Heidi Heitkamp, Democrats have not won a statewide election and have not held the governorship since 1988.

Burgum entered office at the height of the Dakota Access oil pipeline protests. He led the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic with messages of staying “North Dakota smart” and urging “personal responsibility” as COVID-19 cases soared.

Moreover, he has been confronted with critical issues such as how to allocate the state’s soaring oil tax savings and how to spend the federal coronavirus assistance that the state has received, in addition to debilitating winter storms and severe droughts.

Burgum advocated for the establishment of a Theodore Roosevelt presidential library in the state’s vibrant Badlands during his tenure as governor. These are the regions where the 26th president engaged in hunting and running activities during the 1880s.

More on this story via The Western Journal:

He and his wife, Kathryn, a recovering alcoholic, prioritized recovery from addiction as a top issue in his administration.

Burgum signed a sheaf of bills last year that were decried by transgender activists, including a ban on castration, mastectomies and other “sex change” procedures on children and restrictions on boys who claim to be girls playing on girls’ sports teams. CONTINUE READING…

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