Heidi Heitkamp

Born:October 30, 1955 (age 68)
Career:U.S. Senate, 2013-2019
Attorney general of North Dakota, 1993-2001
State tax commissioner, 1989-1993
State:North Dakota
Education:B.A, University of North Dakota
J.D, Lewis and Clark College

Heidi Heitkamp served as a U.S. senator from North Dakota from 2013 to 2019. She was North Dakota's second female senator, and the first to be elected. She lost her re-election bid in 2018.

Heitkamp was born in Breckinridge, Minnesota, on October 30, 1955. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota in 1977 and J.D. from Lewis and Clark College in 1980.

Heitkamp worked as an attorney for the Environmental Protection Agency from 1980 to 1981. From 1981-1986 she was an attorney for the North Dakota Tax Commissioner's Office, and then served tax commissioner from 1986-1992. From 1993-2000, she served as attorney general of North Dakota. After an unsuccessful run for governor in 2000, Heitkamp served as the director of Dakota Gasification Company's Great Plains Synfuels Plant from 2001-2012.

After leaving the Senate, Heitkamp was a CNBC contributor, a visiting fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics, and founded One Country Project, an organization aimed at helping Democrats reconnect with rural voters, with former Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana. In January 2023, Heitkamp became the director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

For information on Heitkamp's policy subject areas, committee appointments and sponsored/co-sponsored legislation during her time in the U.S. Senate, please visit her profile on https://www.congress.gov.


Ballotpedia (n.d.). Heidi Heitkamp. Retrieved on May 6, 2020, from https://ballotpedia.org/Heidi_Heitkamp.

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (n.d.). Heitkamp, Mary Kathryn (Heidi) (1955-). Retrieved on May 6, 2020, from https://bioguideretro.congress.gov/Home/MemberDetails?memIndex=H001069.


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