John Hoeven was sworn in as North Dakota’s 22nd U.S. Senator on January 5, 2011. He served as the state’s governor from 2000-2010. 

Senator Hoeven was born in Bismarck.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1979 and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University in 1981.  He served as executive vice president of First Western Bank in Minot from 1986 to 1993, and served on many civic, community, and economic development groups.  From 1993-2000, he served as president and CEO of the Bank of North Dakota, which grew from $900 million to $1.6 billion under his leadership. 

Hoeven and his wife Mical (Mikey) live in Bismarck.  They have two children, Marcela and Jack, and three grandsons, Crew, Jaxen and Nash. 

Senate Highlights 

Senator Hoeven is working to implement common sense national policies similar to the ones that have driven North Dakota’s economic success. As a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, his first priority has been to get our nation’s fiscal house in order, and in the last four years he has made real progress. Since he was elected, the annual budget deficit has been reduced by nearly $1 trillion and, for the first time in 20 years, Congress has passed a budget that balances over the 10 year budget plan. The FY16 Appropriations reduce spending from $1.5 trillion in 2009 (its peak) to $1.15 trillion.  

As a member of both the Agriculture Committee and the conference committee that negotiated the 2014 final farm bill, Senator Hoeven played a crucial role in crafting and passing a long-term farm bill that provides the nation’s producers with the certainty they need to plan for the future, as well as new tools to manage risk with enhanced crop insurance. The senator continues working to ensure the farm bill is implemented effectively and efficiently for our farmers and ranchers. 

Senator Hoeven has been leading efforts to develop a national energy strategy similar to North Dakota’s. The senator believes such an approach will lead to jobs, economic growth and true energy security for America.  He has served as the leading advocate for approving the Keystone XL pipeline and is heading up the repeal of the Environmental Protection Agency’s costly new power plant rules. 

Committee Assignments 

  • Homeland Security (Chairman) 
  • Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee 
  • Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Subcommittee 
  • Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee 
  • Energy and Water Development Subcommittee

Energy and Natural Resources 

  • Energy Subcommittee  
  • Public Lands, Forests and Mining 
  • National Parks

Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry 

  • Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agricultural Research Subcommittee (Chairman) 
  • Rural Development and Energy 
  • Commodities, Risk Management and Trade 

Indian Affairs 

Governor Highlights 

John Hoeven’s time in the North Dakota Governor’s office was marked by many successes, including: job creation, economic prosperity, and a budget surplus. North Dakota reduced taxes, spent within its means and created a pro-growth legal, tax and regulatory environment to empower people and businesses to grow and expand. 

Under his leadership, the state 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 a balanced budget, has set aside more strong reserves for the future, cut taxes, and invested in priorities like education, law enforcement and infrastructure. 

As governor, Hoeven also placed a strong focus on developing North Dakota’s vast energy resources.  Beginning in 2002, he initiated EmPower ND, a comprehensive energy plan for the state that includes all energy resources as well as a conservation component.  Today, North Dakota stands as an energy powerhouse and one of the largest energy producing and exporting states in the nation. Currently, North Dakota produces more than one million barrels of oil a day and ranks as the second largest oil-producing state in the country.