|Member of the North Dakota Senate
from the 11th district
April 19, 1950 |
Edgeley, North Dakota
|Political party||Democratic-NPL Party|
|Residence||Fargo, North Dakota|
|Alma mater||North Dakota State University,
University of Nebraska,
Early life and education
Mathern grew up on a dairy and grain farm near Edgeley, North Dakota with 12 brothers and sisters. He attended public school in Edgeley before attending Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo. For three summers he served in the Latin American Mission Program in Mexico. Mathern graduated from North Dakota State University and received his Master's degree from the University of Nebraska. He was a VISTA volunteer for one year. At age 50, Mathern earned a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University in Cambridge MA.
In 1986 he was elected to the North Dakota Senate and has served on the Senate Appropriations, Long Term Care, and Tribal and State Relations, Transportation, Political Subdivisions, Human Services and Health Care Reform committees as well as a member of the North Dakota Budget Section Committee. Mathern has served as Senate Assistant Majority leader and as Senate Minority Leader. He was the Democratic-NPL candidate for Governor in 2008.
Mathern has been active member with many organizations including Fargo-Cass County Economic Development Corporation, Catholic Charities of North Dakota, Bush Foundation of ND, SD, and MN, and Prairie Roots Food Cooperative Fargo, ND. He also serves as the legislative appointee to the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks ND.
For 30 years, Mathern directed family life and child services programs including marriage preparation, family life education, adoption and foster care. For 6 years he administered the Church of Nativity. While serving the residents of North Dakota, Mathern has been involved in the ND Health Care Task Force, the Japan-US Health Care Project, International Flood Control Netherlands Project, and Wellspring for the World. He received the 2000 Prairie Peacemaker Award from the North Dakota Peace Coalition.
In addition to his legislative duties Senator Mathern is public policy director for Prairie St. John's, a behavioral health care organization.
Mathern lives with his family in Fargo, ND. He has three married children and one single adult son. He has five grandchildren.
- North Dakota Legislative Assembly - Senator Tim Mathern official Senate website
- Tim Mathern for Governor official campaign website
- Profile from DakotaPolitics.com
- Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Follow the Money - Tim Mathern