North Dakota Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp is spending her post election week touring her home state, meeting with supporters, and laying out her goals for when she arrives in Washington. Heitkamp, who was announced as the winner of the North Dakota Senate race the day after the election, will replace retiring Democratic Senator Kent Conrad.
For the past several months, Heitkamp has been hammering her Republican opponent, Congressman Rick Berg, on agricultural issues, slamming the Republican Party in the House for deliberately blocking passage of the 2012 Farm Bill until after the election.
Farming, along with finance and fracking, was one of the central platforms of the Heitkamp campaign.
With Heitkamp confirmed as winner of the senate race, she has announced her determination to see that the farm bill is passed as soon as possible in Washington. In a recent stop in Fargo, North Dakota, Heitkamp announced that she had already been offered a spot in the Senate Agriculture Committee and she hopes that she can use this position to protect North Dakota farmers.
Heitkamp promised supporters that getting the vital farm legislation passed would be her “job one” the moment she arrives in Washington.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer