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NDAREC delegation works in Washington

This spring, a delegation of more than 50 leaders of electric cooperatives in North Dakota participated in the annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). This delegation was part of a group of 2,100 electric cooperative board members, general managers and key staff attending the NRECA conference. The work on Capitol Hill of the North Dakota delegation was coordinated by the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC), Mandan.

North Dakota Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and Chris Marohl, of Congressman Kevin Cramer's office, met with the North Dakota group, providing updates on legislation of interest to electric cooperatives.

In addition, the  North Dakota delegation split up into teams and contacted several members of Congress to discuss issues important to North Dakota’s electric cooperatives. These contacts are made to members of Congress from districts which have little or no electric cooperative service, in order to sustain the broad Congressional support for electric cooperatives.

“I  think we provided some excellent advocacy on behalf of the member-owners of our electric cooperatives,” said Josh Kramer, NDAREC general manager.


Caption: Participants in the legislative conference in Washington included, from left: Maxine Rognlien, board member, Verendrye Electric Cooperative, Velva/Minot, and NDAREC; Marshal Albright, CEO, Cass County Electric Cooperative, Fargo; and Paul Sigurdson, board member, Nodak Electric Cooperative, Grand Forks.