BISMARCK - North Dakota House Republicans selected Chet Pollert of Carrington as their next majority leader Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Pollert will succeed Fargo Republican Al Carlson, who was ousted during last week's midterm election.
A member of the state House since 1999, Pollert was a member of the chamber's powerful budget-writing committee last session and chaired its human resources division. He was running against Bismarck's Mike Nathe and Minot's Dan Ruby for the majority leader post and won on the second ballot, according to a Republican lawmaker.
Pollert is the owner and operator of G & R Grain and Feed in New Rockford.
Carlson came in last place in a four-way race for two House seats in Fargo’s District 41 last week. He'll be replaced by fellow Republican Michelle Strinden, a newcomer, and incumbent Democratic Rep. Pam Anderson.
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Carlson has served in the Legislature since 1993 and was majority leader for the past decade. During the most recent legislative session, he steered the House through budget cuts brought on by dampened state revenues and was the chief backer of the latest iteration of the state's voter ID law.
Republicans hold a supermajority in both the state House and Senate, but the two chambers have occasionally butted heads in recent years.
House Republicans also selected Minot state Rep. Scott Louser as assistant majority leader and Fargo state Rep. Shannon Roers Jones as caucus chairwoman.
Republicans nominated Bismarck state Rep. Lawrence Klemin as speaker of the House. Democrats will also nominate a speaker candidate and a vote will take place in early December.
Democrats may have a new House minority leader next session, as Fargo state Rep. Josh Boschee disclosed plans on Monday to seek the post currently held by Grand Forks state Rep. Corey Mock. Democrats will select their leaders Dec. 2.