Kelly Schmidt

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Kelly Schmidt
Treasurer Schmidt Headshot blue 2016.jpg
33rd Treasurer of North Dakota
Assumed office
January 1, 2005
Governor John Hoeven
Jack Dalrymple
Doug Burgum
Preceded by Kathi Gilmore
Personal details
Born (1962-08-26) August 26, 1962 (age 54)
Elmhurst, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Northwestern University (BA)

Kelly Schmidt (born August 26, 1962) is the current North Dakota State Treasurer, serving since 2005.[1]

North Dakota State Treasurer[edit]

State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt believes strongly in limited and efficient government, and has worked hard to ensure taxpayer dollars are used in an economical and effective manner.

Growing up in North Dakota, Treasurer Schmidt learned the values of hard work, keeping her word, and serving her community. Those are the same values that led her to public service and continue to guide her decisions as she represents the people of North Dakota.

Always believing “the people’s treasury is the people’s business,” Schmidt was elected North Dakota’s 33rd State Treasurer in November 2004 and re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016. She and her staff provide analysis and data and bring transparency to the state treasury.

As mandated by statute, the State Treasurer also serves her state as a member of the North Dakota State Investment Board, the Teachers Fund for Retirement Board (TFFR), State Canvassing Board, State Board of Tax Equalization, State Historical Board, and the North Dakota Board of University and School Lands.

Recognized by her peers as a national leader, Treasurer Schmidt was elected Chair of the State Financial Officers Foundation in September 2014. She was awarded the SFOF Servant Leadership Award in October 2016. She served as President of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) in 2011 and also chaired its foundation. The Council of State Governments has also named her a “Toll Fellow” for her achievement and service to state government.

In 2015, Schmidt was awarded the Desjardins Financial Education Award by the Credit Union National Association for her leadership on behalf of financial literacy. She is a founding member of the North Dakota Jump$tart Coalition, past member of the Board of Directors for the National Jump$tart Coalition and the American Savings Education Council.


Schmidt and her husband, Chuck, have four sons and five grandsons. She is a proud "Navy Mom".

Electoral history[edit]

North Dakota Treasurer Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kelly Schmidt 165,736 56.34
Democratic-NPL Dean Meyer 128,460 43.66
North Dakota Treasurer Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kelly Schmidt (inc.) 180,828 61.45
Democratic-NPL Mitch Vance 113,423 38.55
North Dakota Treasurer Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kelly Schmidt (inc.) 197,041 65.83
Democratic-NPL Ross Mushik 101,795 34.01
Write-in 470 0.16


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Political offices
Preceded by
Kathi Gilmore
Treasurer of North Dakota