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Paul Anderson, Published October 16 2012

Letter: Gulleson has the right resume to represent all North Dakotans

We as North Dakotans are going to have the opportunity on Nov. 6 to hire a new representative to the U.S. House of Representatives. A way to make a good decision on which of the candidates to choose is to look at their resumes.

One candidate, Pam Gulleson, has direct agricultural experience growing up on a dairy farm, and currently her husband and sons run a farming and ranching operation. She worked in teaching, as a public health nutritionist, and as director of distance education at North Dakota State College of Science. Gulleson was the state director and later chief of staff for Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., giving her experience in national agricultural legislation, water projects, energy projects, flooding issues across the state, reconstruction of communities, and working with Native Americans. She was involved with the Great Plains Energy Corridor and the Red River Valley Research Corridor and serves on its board.

Gulleson spent 16 years in the North Dakota House of Representatives, working across the aisle for all North Dakotans; this legislative experience gives her a real advantage in representing the state in Washington. She has both government and private sector experience.

The other candidate, Kevin Cramer, has experience as an appointed official in tourism, economic development and at the Harold Schafer Foundation. He also is an adjunct professor at Mary College in Bismarck. During his government career, while working for and getting paid by the state, he spent much of his time running for a number of state offices. Most recently, he was appointed and then elected to the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

He has been promoting North Dakota energy, which may seem like a good thing, except his job is to regulate energy in North Dakota. A background check shows he is involved in a lawsuit brought about by implementing a questionable practice of taking contributions from energy company executives while he is acting on permits for their companies. The lawsuit contends this is in conflict with federal law. The taxpayers of North Dakota are paying for the defense of this lawsuit.

Looking at the resume, Gulleson is the best qualified candidate to represent North Dakota in the U.S. House.


Anderson, Rutland, N.D., is retired from Bobcat Co.