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Erica Thunder

Erica Thunder

Gov. Doug Burgum on Thursday appointed a new North Dakota labor commissioner. 

Erica Thunder will lead the Department of Labor and Human Rights, succeeding Michelle Kommer.

Thunder comes to the job after 2.5 years as the judicial systems administrator for the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission. She also was a staff attorney for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, where she is an enrolled member. 

"I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as labor commissioner and look forward to working with the department’s outstanding team to enforce and raise awareness of the state’s labor and human rights laws for the benefit of all North Dakotans," Thunder said in a statement from the governor's office. 

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Her appointment is effective June 3.

Thunder has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of North Dakota and a law degree and Indian law certificate from UND's School of Law.

Burgum appointed Kommer to be commerce commissioner in December 2018.

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Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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