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Heidi Heitkamp

Heidi Heitkamp learned her North Dakota values of hard work and responsibility growing up in a big family in the small town of Mantador. Her mom was the school cook and custodian, and her dad did all kinds of jobs, from truck driver to seasonal construction.

Heidi brought those small-town values to her career, choosing a life of public service. She served as North Dakota's Tax Commissioner, and then as the state's crime-fighting Attorney General. In that role, she battled drug dealers, protected senior citizens from scams, and worked to keep sexual predators off our streets and away from our kids, even after their prison terms are up.

Her reputation as an advocate for the people grew. As Attorney General, Heidi was a leader in the national settlement with the tobacco companies that required them to tell the truth about smoking and health, and pay restitution to the states. That settlement has so far brought $336 million to North Dakota for successful programs to reduce teen smoking and support schools and water supplies throughout the state.

As a director of the one-of-a-kind Dakota Gasification synfuels plant, she was a champion for North Dakota’s energy workers and industry. Heidi believes we need to use all of North Dakota’s rich energy resources wisely, creating and keeping high-paying jobs right here.

Heidi brought her North Dakota values to the U.S. Senate where she is a true moderate working to bridge political divides, end gridlock, and get the job done. The first bill she introduced in the Senate aims to stand up for Native American children -- a priority of hers from her time as North Dakota’s Attorney General. She has been a leader in fighting for rural America by working with Democrats and Republicans to pass a long-term, comprehensive Farm Bill that works for North Dakota’s farmers and ranchers. As a vocal advocate for a true all-of-the-above energy strategy, she successfully worked across the aisle to build support to lift the decades-old ban on exporting oil. During the federal government shutdown in the fall of 2013, Heidi joined a bipartisan group of 14 Senators who recognized the need to put politics aside and paved the way to end the government shutdown.

Heidi lives in Mandan with her husband, Dr. Darwin Lange. They have two grown children, Ali and Nathan.

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