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Heitkamp Has Earned Our Support

I represented North Dakota in the US Senate for 26 years. I understand what it takes to get things done there for North Dakota and the nation.

Heidi Heitkamp has proven that she knows how to get results for our state in just her first term. That is remarkable.

She has done it by working with others, including those of the other political party. That is more important now than ever. Our state is small in population but has big needs in Washington. We need representatives who can get the job done.

Just look at the record. Heidi Heitkamp has played a key role in writing two farm bills that are so important to our state. Agriculture is still our major industry.

Heidi was the key in winning the right to export our oil, dramatically expanding the market for that important product of our state. As part of that legislation, she also won the extension of tax credits for renewable energy, like wind. Again, a big win for North Dakota.

Heidi brought the coal industry, environmental groups and labor organizations together to support her FUTURE Act, which strengthens the opportunities for coal by extending a key tax credit that incentivizes carbon capture while reducing emissions.

Heidi played a leading role in passing bi-partisan legislation to reduce burdensome regulations on North Dakota community banks and credit unions.

That expands the credit available to all North Dakotans. She was the only Democrat invited to the White House to celebrate that bill's signature.

Heidi was central to passing legislation so first responders are properly equipped to deal with emergencies. Her RESPONSE Act, signed into law in 2016, improves rail safety across the country.

Senator Heitkamp has done so much more, including protecting our military bases, winning hundreds of millions of dollars for flood recovery, permanent flood protection and water projects for our state. She played a lead role in bringing a Vets Center to Grand Forks.

I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Heidi Heitkamp gets important results for North Dakota. I believe history will record that Heidi Heitkamp got more accomplished for North Dakota in her first term in the U.S. Senate than anyone in our state's history.

Our state needs her in the United States Senate.


Kent Conrad

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