A Bismarck lawmaker is the new speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives.
Rep. Larry Klemin, R-Bismarck, was elected in a voice vote Monday in the state House during the Legislature's three-day organizational session, which ends Wednesday.
Klemin succeeds Rep. Larry Bellew, R-Minot, as the 66th speaker of the House. The state House has a Republican supermajority of 79-15.
Democrats nominated Rep. Tracy Boe, D-Mylo.
Klemin was first elected in 1998 and was re-elected Nov. 6 with Rep. George Keiser, representing District 47 of Bismarck. Klemin has previously been House parliamentarian.
In a brief speech, he thanked House members and remarked on the role of speaker, who presides over the House and is third in line for succession to governor.
"We must work together efficiently and effectively to get the job done in a timely manner," Klemin told the chamber.
"And now, ladies and gentlemen, members of the House, let's rock and roll," he said in conclusion, with a bang of the gavel.
The 2019 legislative session begins Jan. 3.