HOMETOWN: Mantador, N.D.
BORN: Oct. 30, 1955
FAMILY: Husband, Darwin Lange; children, Ali and Nathan
EDUCATION: University of North Dakota; Lewis & Clark Law School
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: State tax commissioner; North Dakota attorney general; director of Dakota Gasification
ELECTION 2012 HIGHLIGHT: Heitkamp’s win was one of the major electoral upsets of the cycle when she beat Republican Rick Berg in a heavily red state that GOP nominee Mitt Romney won easily by 20 percentage points.
KEY ISSUES: Farm bill, honoring the U.S.’s treaty and trust obligation to Indian country, balanced energy policy
COMMITTEES: Agriculture; Banking; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Indian Affairs
WHAT YOUR COLLEAGUES SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU: “I am going to Washington for one reason: To work with them collaboratively to get things done for North Dakota and our country.”
FUN FACT: Heitkamp is a certified pilates instructor.