North Dakota: Government and Higher Education

Government and Higher Education

The state is governed under its 1889 constitution, often amended. The legislature consists of 49 senators and 98 representatives. The governor is elected for a four-year term. North Dakota elects two U.S. senators and one representative; it has three electoral votes. The states two major parties are the Republican and the Democratic-Non Partisan League (DPL) parties; the latter was formed in 1956 when the state changed from a three- to two-party system. The DPL party dominated the state's Congressionral races from 1982-2008, but Republicans now hold the majority of statewide offices and the entire Congressional delegation.

The state's institutions of higher education include Jamestown College, at Jamestown; North Dakota State Univ., at Fargo; and the Univ. of North Dakota, at Grand Forks.

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