Tracy Potter

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Tracy Potter
Tracy Potter - 20100704.jpg
Member of the North Dakota Senate
from the 35th district
In office
December 1, 2006 – December 1, 2010
Preceded by Ed Kringstad
Succeeded by Margaret Sitte
Personal details
Born (1950-06-23) June 23, 1950 (age 66)
Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Laura Anhalt
Alma mater University of North Dakota

Tracy Potter (born June 23, 1950) is a historian, politician and member of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party. He represented District 35 in the North Dakota Senate from 2006 to 2010 and was the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in 2010 and for Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012. From 1993 to 2015, he served as executive director of The Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation.[1]

Potter earned BA and MA degrees in History from the University of North Dakota.[2] From 1993 to 2015, he was 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.[3]

He was elected to the State Senate in 2006, narrowly defeating Republican State Representative Margaret Sitte. He did not run for re-election in 2010, instead running for the U.S. Senate, losing to Republican Governor John Hoeven.

Potter ran as an independent for the no-party North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction, to fill the vacancy left by Wayne Sanstead, who retired. He advanced to the general election finishing ahead of the Democratic-NPL endorsed candidate in the open primary, but lost to Republican Kirsten Baesler in the general election.[4]

He ran for the North Dakota House of Representatives in 2014 but was defeated. He initially ran for his old Senate seat against Sitte, who had succeeded him in 2010, but he was defeated for the Democratic nomination by Erin Hill-Oban, then being nominated for the House instead.[5][6]

Potter is married to Laura Anhalt and has 2 children.

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  1. ^ "Contact Us". Fort Abraham Lincoln. Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation. Retrieved December 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ Rafferty, Tom. "Tracy Potter joins race for Senate". The Bismarck Tribune. February 20, 2006. Retrieved June 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bite-Sized Wisdom: Tracy Potter". KX Net. August 28, 2007. Retrieved June 9, 2010. 
  4. ^ Johnson, Andrea (November 7, 2012). "Baesler defeats Potter for superintendent of public instruction". Minot Daily News. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Potter seeks rematch with Sitrtie". The Bismarck Tribune. January 24, 2014. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Local Democrats endorse Erin Hill-Oban, Darrell Miller for legislative". The Bismarck Tribune. February 22, 2014. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Byron Dorgan
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from North Dakota
(Class 3)

Succeeded by
Eliot Glassheim