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Associated Press, Published September 22 2009

North Dakota Democratic state Sen. Aaron Krauter resigns

BISMARCK - State Sen. Aaron Krauter has resigned from the Legislature, six weeks after he was named as North Dakota director of the federal Farm Service Agency.

The Legislature's research agency said it received the Regent Democrat's resignation letter Monday. It was dated Sept. 14.

Krauter's term expires in December 2010. Democratic activists in Krauter's District 31 in southwestern North Dakota may appoint a senator to hold the office until then. His successor must be elected to serve in the 2011 Legislature.

The 53-year-old Krauter is a former Senate Democratic floor leader. He was known as one of the Legislature's experts on human services and corrections. Krauter was first elected to the North Dakota Senate in 1990, when he succeeded his father, Adam Krauter.

Aaron Krauter ran for lieutenant governor in 2000, when he

and Democratic governor candidate Heidi Heitkamp lost to the Republican ticket, Gov. John Hoeven and Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

The Farm Service Agency administers federal farm programs. Its North Dakota headquarters are in Fargo.

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