Heidi Heitkamp was endorsed by the North Dakota Democratic-NPL for the U.S. Senate.
Basin Electric Power Cooperative
- March 30, 2012
Heitkamp, Mandan, ND, has served on the Dakota Gas board since May of 2001. Prior to that, she served as North Dakota’s elected attorney general from 1993 to 2001 and was the Democratic candidate for governor in the 2000 election. During her eight years as attorney general, she was a member of the state’s Industrial Commission, which administers the Lignite Research, Development and Marketing Program in a partnership with the Lignite Energy Council.
Prior to serving as attorney general, Heitkamp was the North Dakota tax commissioner from 1986-1992, chief counsel to the tax commissioner from 1985-1986, and assistant attorney general for the tax commissioner from 1981-1984. In this position, she successfully represented the state in an early federal court case that challenged the viability of the Great Plains Synfuels Plant. Heitkamp was also an attorney for the Environmental Protection Agency from 1980 to 1981.
She graduated from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks with a bachelor’s degree in 1977 and attended Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, OR, for her law degree, graduating in 1980.
Heitkamp was raised in Mantador, ND, and is married to Dr. Darwin Lange, a family medicine physician with a practice in Mandan. They have two adult children: a daughter, Ali, and a son, Nathan.