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Luick chosen North Dakota Senate’s president pro tempore

April 14, 2021 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Fairmount Republican Larry Luick was chosen Wednesday as the North Dakota Senate’s new president pro tempore.

The job involves presiding over Senate sessions when the lieutenant governor is absent.

Luick replaces Minot Sen. Randy Burckhard. Luick will have the job until the next regular session of the Legislature begins in January 2023.

The GOP has the majority in the North Dakota Senate, and Luick defeated Fargo Democrat Tim Mathern to win the job.

Democrats hold only seven of the 47 seats in the Senate.

Luick is a 62-year-old farmer and excavation contractor. He was first elected to the Senate in 2010 and represents District 25, which includes Wahpeton and part of Richland County in the state’s southeastern corner.

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Luick is chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and also serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Luick was re-elected to his most recent four-year term in 2018.