New North Dakota lawmakers sworn in, organization of upcoming session continues

Photo by: North Dakota State Legislature
Photo by: North Dakota State Legislature

(Bismarck, ND) -- North Dakota lawmakers are organizing for the upcoming legislative session.

The three-day organizational session began Monday and will conclude Wednesday when Governor Doug Burgum gives his budget address.

Representative Dennis Johnson was elected House Speaker. Johnson was first elected to the House in 1992.

Lawmakers also elected sergeants-at-arms and journal reporters and chose their seats.

Meanwhile, new lawmakers are being welcomed to the North Dakota Legislature. The new legislators took the oath of office Monday and began participating in an orientation program.

Representative Dawson Holle is the youngest lawmaker, elected at age 18. Representative Hamida Dakane is believed to be the first Muslim person and first Black woman elected to the Legislature, out of Fargo.

The organizational session continues Tuesday with presentations on the Legislature's workplace harassment and ethics policies.