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Associated Press, Published November 04 2010

North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven says he'll resign Dec. 7

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. John Hoeven says he'll resign Dec. 7, during the North Dakota Legislature's organizational session.

Hoeven says a ceremony will be held at midday Dec. 7 to formally transfer authority to Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

Hoeven was elected to the U.S. Senate this week. He'll take his oath of office in early January.

The Legislature's three-day organizational session begins Dec. 6. It ends shortly after the governor gives his budget recommendations to the Legislature. Dalrymple will be giving the budget address on Dec. 8.

Dalrymple on Thursday named former North Dakota U.S. attorney and Hoeven aide Drew Wrigley as his own successor. Wrigley will become lieutenant governor when Dalrymple takes over as governor.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.