Former U.S. Senator, North Dakota, 2013-2019
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp served as the first female senator elected from North Dakota from 2013 to 2019.
During her six years in the U.S. Senate, Heitkamp quickly became a proven negotiator who worked across the aisle to fight for rural America. She personally showed that if senators work together, they can lead to real solutions. Throughout her time in the Senate, Heitkamp prioritized improving the lives of Indigenous peoples and working families, stopping human trafficking, guaranteeing affordable health care, addressing childhood trauma, eliminating unnecessary regulation, and securing an energy policy that keeps costs low but achieves climate goals. Providing equal economic opportunity to rural America continues to be her lifelong pursuit.
Heitkamp previously served as North Dakota’s Attorney General and elected state Tax Commissioner. She serves on numerous boards, including The McCain Institute, The Howard Buffett Foundation, and The German Marshall Fund. She is the Founder and Chair of the One Country Project, an organization focused on addressing the needs and concerns of rural America. Heitkamp currently serves as Director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago, where she works with bright young students and encourages them to seek opportunities in public service to our country. Heitkamp also serves as a contributor to both CNBC and ABC News.