Rich Wardner

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Rich Wardner
Majority Leader of the North Dakota Senate
Assumed office
September 6, 2011
Preceded byBob Stenehjem
Personal details
Born (1942-08-26) August 26, 1942 (age 76)
Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationDickinson State University (BS)
Northern State University (MS)

Rich Wardner (born August 26, 1942) is a Republican member of the North Dakota Senate for the 37th district.[1][2]


He graduated from Dickinson State University and received a Master's of Science from Northern State University.[1] He worked as a science and math teacher, a football and basketball coach, and a farmer.[1][3][4]

From 1991 to 1997, he served in the North Dakota House of Representatives.[1][4][5] Since 1999, he has served in the North Dakota Senate.[1][4][5] Following the death of state Senator Bob Stenehjem in September 2011, he has served as the Senate Majority Leader.[3][4][5]

He is the former executive director of the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce.[1][3][4] He now serves as chairman of Sunrise Youth Bureau and the Midwest Legislative Conference.[1] He is a member of Legislative Management, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and Rotary International.[1] In 1999, he received the Public Service Award from the North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association.[6]

He is married to Kayleen Wardner, and they have two children.[1] They live in Dickinson, North Dakota.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Senate webpage
  2. ^ "National Write Your Congressman -- Sen. Rich Wardner (R-North Dakota) biography". Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Kate Bommarito, Senate Majority Leader Wardner Urges Caucus to Keep Working & Look Ahead, Plains Daily, September 6, 2011
  4. ^ a b c d e Rebecca Beitsch, Senate Republicans pick leader to replace Stenehjem, The Bismarck Tribune, September 7, 2011
  5. ^ a b c Wardner Picked To Replaced [sic] Stenehjem As ND Senate Majority Leader, Plains Daily, September 6, 2011[dead link]
  6. ^ North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association recipients
North Dakota Senate
Preceded by
Bob Stenehjem
Majority Leader of the North Dakota Senate