The North Dakota Petroleum Council honored Rep. Craig Headland, R-Montpelier, with its Outstanding Public Service Award during the NDPC Annual Meeting in Watford City on Sept. 23. The award was created to acknowledge elected officials, legislators and other public servants who go beyond the normal call of duty to make North Dakota a better place to live and work.

Headland serves as chairman of the House Finance and Taxation Committee. He is also a member of the legislative redistricting committee during this interim. He has served in the Legislature since 2003.

“Over the past decade, Representative Headland has been at the forefront of ensuring the oil and gas industry has a fair and competitive tax rate and supported a key tax incentive that helped kickstart the Bakken in 2009," said Ron Ness, NDPC president. "He was instrumental in the major oil tax reform legislation in 2015 and has supported North Dakota’s oil industry wholeheartedly throughout his career.”

Headland grew up on a farm near Ypsilanti, North Dakota, and currently farms the same land today that has been in the family for the last three generations. He serves on several corporate boards of directors.

During the last legislative session, three major bills relating to oil and gas landed in Headland’s Finance and Taxation Committee. All three bills were studied and fine-tuned by the committee and ultimately passed into law and signed by the governor. These bills addressed reforms to state mineral royalty obligations, a remote gas capture tax incentive and adjustments to the tax treatment of wells straddling the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and state/private land.

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Through his leadership, these bills will help create a business climate for continued investment in the Bakken, unlocking untold benefits to the oil and gas industry, the MHA Nation and the state of North Dakota, Ness said.