|Majority Leader of the North Dakota Senate|
Assumed office |
September 6, 2011
|Preceded by||Bob Stenehjem|
August 26, 1942|
Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S.
Dickinson State University (BS)|
Northern State University (MS)
He graduated from Dickinson State University and received a Master's of Science from Northern State University. He worked as a science and math teacher, a football and basketball coach, and a farmer.
From 1991 to 1997, he served in the North Dakota House of Representatives. Since 1999, he has served in the North Dakota Senate. Following the death of state Senator Bob Stenehjem in September 2011, he has served as the Senate Majority Leader.
He is the former executive director of the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce. He now serves as chairman of Sunrise Youth Bureau and the Midwest Legislative Conference. He is a member of Legislative Management, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and Rotary International. In 1999, he received the Public Service Award from the North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association.
- Senate webpage
- "National Write Your Congressman -- Sen. Rich Wardner (R-North Dakota) biography". Capwiz.com. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
- Kate Bommarito, Senate Majority Leader Wardner Urges Caucus to Keep Working & Look Ahead, Plains Daily, September 6, 2011
- Rebecca Beitsch, Senate Republicans pick leader to replace Stenehjem, The Bismarck Tribune, September 7, 2011
- Wardner Picked To Replaced [sic] Stenehjem As ND Senate Majority Leader, Plains Daily, September 6, 2011[dead link]
- North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association recipients