|Photographed on July 4, 2010|
|Member of the North Dakota Senate
from the 35th district
|Preceded by||Ed Kringstad|
|Succeeded by||Margaret Sitte|
June 23, 1950 |
|Alma mater||University of North Dakota|
|Occupation||Executive director, Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation|
Tracy Potter (born June 23, 1950) is a historian and North Dakota politician of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party. He represented District 35 in the North Dakota Senate from 2007 to 2011 and was the endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate in the 2010 election against Governor John Hoeven. He now serves as executive director of The Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation.
Potter earned BA and MA degrees in History from the University of North Dakota. He is executive director of the Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation, and was President of the Northern Plains Heritage Foundation. Potter was awarded the GNDA Tourism Development Award in 1997, and Tourism Industry Leader Award in 2005. He is active in Rotary. Potter was mentioned as a potential candidate for insurance commissioner, but he lacked interest in the position, saying "When I first saw (the opening), it got the competitive juices flowing, and I thought I could win," he said. "But then I realized that if I did win, I would be insurance commissioner." Potter had previously worked for the insurance department from 1978 to 1980 and ran unsuccessfully for the position in 1984.
Potter is married to Laura Anhalt and has 2 children.
- "Contact Us". Fort Abraham Lincoln. Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
- Rafferty, Tom. Tracy Potter joins race for Senate. The Bismarck Tribune. February 20, 2006.
- Bite-Sized Wisdom: Tracy Potter. KX Net. August 28, 2007.
- State Senator Tracy Potter official North Dakota Legislature site
- Tracy Potter for U.S. Senate official campaign site
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Campaign contributions at OpenSecrets.org
- Profile at the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party site