Former Border States CEO Tammy Miller Considers Run For Governor

Former Border States CEO Tammy Miller Considers Run For Governor

Following the announcement that North Dakota governor Doug Burgum will not seek a third term in the state’s top political position, former Border States CEO and current Lieutenant Governor Tammy Miller is considering the opportunity.

“Lt. Gov. Miller is seriously considering a run for governor and will have a decision soon,” said Dawson Schefter, an adviser to Miller and Burgum.

Miller served as CEO of Border States beginning in 2006, and increased revenue to nearly $2.5 billion a years. During her time at Border States, Miller was named a NAED Trailblazer Award winner (2013), NAED Arthur Hooper Award winner (2014), and was NAED’s Board Chair in 2007-2008.

Burgum announced on Monday, January 22 that he will not seek reelection, and may have an opportunity to serve with Donald Trump if he is reelected next November. Burgum officially endorsed Trump after he dropped out of the race for president about one month ago.

His decision creates an open race for the state government’s top job in the sparsely populated, Republican-dominant state. Republicans hold every statewide and congressional seat and control the Legislature with supermajorities. Democrats last won the governor’s office in 1988, and haven’t won a statewide election since Heidi Heitkamp’s U.S. Senate victory in 2012. North Dakota’s Republican Party will endorse a gubernatorial ticket at its convention in April in Fargo. But like what Burgum notoriously did in 2016, candidates are free to run in the June primary election to clinch the party nomination for November.


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