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  • Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

    Biography

    Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem was born in Mohall, North Dakota. He graduated from the University of North Dakota and received his law degree from the UND School of Law in 1977. He is married to Beth Bakke Stenehjem and has a son, Andrew.

    Stenehjem was elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives in 1976, serving for two terms until his election to the ND Senate in 1980. He served for twenty years in the Senate until his election to the Office of Attorney General. Stenehjem served on the Judiciary Committee throughout his tenure in the Legislature, and was Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995-2000. He was elected President Pro Tempore of the Senate for the 1999 Legislative Session. In January 2001, Stenehjem was sworn in as the State’s 29th Attorney General. He was reelected in 2004, 2006 and 2010.

    Since taking office Wayne has:

    Attorney General Stenehjem is a member of numerous boards and commissions, including the Board of University and School Lands, Industrial Commission (which oversees all state-owned industries including the Bank of North Dakota and the State Mill and Elevator), Drug and Alcohol Commission (chair), Judicial Council and Pardon Advisory Board.

    He was named one of Ten Outstanding Legislators in the US by the Association of Government Employees, and is the recipient of “Champion of the People’s Right to Know” award; SBAND Legislative Service Award; “Friend of Psychology” award; the 2005 North Dakota Peace Officer’s Association’s Lone Eagle Award, and was inducted into the Scandinavian American Hall of Fame in 2007.

    Educating the community is an integral part of our joint efforts to combat the drug use and its related crimes. Following the success of his Methamphetamine awareness efforts, in December 2009, Wayne launched a Prescription Drug Abuse awareness campaign, beginning with two days of conferences attended by over 600 physicians, addiction treatment providers, and pharmacists, in conjunction with the Prescription Drug Take Back pilot program, to collect unused prescription drugs that are commonly abused.

    Contact Information

    Office of the Attorney General
    600 E. Boulevard Ave, Dept. 125
    Bismarck, ND 58505
    701.328.2210

    Website

    www.ag.state.nd.us

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