Sen. Lee of West Fargo to run for re-election


Republican Sen. Judy Lee announced Tuesday, Jan. 16, that she will seek re-election to her North Dakota Senate seat representing District 13, which consists of parts of West Fargo.

First elected in 1995, Lee is chair of the Senate Human Services Committee, which deals with issues such as child protective services, foster care and Medicaid. She also has served on the Political Subdivisions Committee, which addresses issues such as zoning that affect cities, townships and counties.

Lee, a retired real estate broker, has been active in the National Conference of State Legislatures, serving as chair of the Health Care Committee. She has been appointed as an opioid fellow to work with other U.S. legislators to address the challenges posed by substance use disorders. She serves on the Eventide Board of Directors and on the national Reforming States Group steering committee, which plans educational discussions for legislative leaders on various issues.

"The challenges of affordable health care, opioid use, and the well-being of children and seniors

continue to be issues for North Dakota, and my experience in the Senate will enable me to continue our work to efficiently and effectively achieve the milestones we have set," Lee said in a news release. "I look forward to serving another term in the Senate to further those."

Lee and her late husband Duane are the parents of two adult children, Jon and Maren.