Gov. John Hoeven (R-ND) has already been declared the winner in the U.S. Senate race to succeed Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND). His victory represents a monumental shift in the North Dakota political landscape, as he becomes the first Republican to serve in the U.S. Senate from the state since Sen. Mark Andrews lost election in 1986.
Your blogger worked as press secretary on Hoeven’s first campaign for governor in 2000, and he’s the most focused candidate and elected official we’ve ever encountered. Good thing for North Dakota and now the U.S. Senate, he’s focused on jobs, business and economic growth.
As governor, Hoeven has fostered a regulatory and business climate that embraced comprehensive energy development, including wind and biofuels, but especially the incredible oil boom that industry has created by accessing the Bakken Formation. As The New York Times put it, “Hoeven’s win would also give the state’s booming oil and gas industry an adamant advocate in Washington.”
That’s the kind of advocate the entire nation needs.
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